RUSH: ‘HACKSAW RIDGE’ Will Not Be Up For An Oscar Because Hollywood Is Still Mad At Mel Gibson

RUSH: Mel Gibson prepared for me a captioned version of the movie that he has out that just started, Hacksaw Ridge.

Anyway, I watched it, folks, and it’s awesome.  You know, Gibson’s latest big success was Passion of the Christ which focused on violence.  We have to… Let’s put it this way: It did not run from the violence.  It did not. The real violence that actually happened, they didn’t portray it as less than.

And it’s the same with this.  This movie is so good… I didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll tell you, some of it… The critics are going to call it camp and predictable, because it is a movie devoted to what you and I would call traditional values.  It’s about a conscientious objector who wants to serve but will not even touch a rifle.  It’s about the Army’s efforts to drum him out.  They don’t want people like this.  It’s fascinating, and it’s the kind of thing that makes you feel good about the traditions and institutions and the values that you hold.

It reinforces the value and the worth in holding them.  The cinematography is great like any Mel Gibson movie is.  The violence is gruesome.  It’s brutal.  The war scenes are just as good as any I’ve ever seen in any movie, including Saving Private Ryan.  It was just good.  I just enjoyed it.  I know it’s premiering, I think, last night.  It will not be up for an Oscar because Hollywood is still mad at Mel Gibson.

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