There's no denying that Mel Gibson is a polarizing director, but his latest filmmaking effort has proven anything but divisive. Hacksaw Ridge -- available now on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand -- has genuinely resonated with audiences all over the world, and the film's critical accolades may come to a head this weekend when The Academy Awards finally air. I recently had the chance to chat with Hacksaw Ridge producer Bill Mechanic, and he explained to me that he believes the film resonated with audiences because it told a classically structured Hollywood story that we seldom see on the big screen anymore. The Hollywood heavy hitter explained:

I mean this in the best sense of the words, it's an old-fashioned film in that it tells a story... a story that affects you. It tells a full story. It's about something, and I think it's extremely well-acted and I think Mel is kind of a genius director.

Bill Mechanic did not mince words during our recent chat about the success of Hacksaw Ridge, and he made it abundantly clear just how much he loves this film. For all of the technical prowess and all of the amazing special effects that Mel Gibson was able to squeeze out of such a tight $40 million budget, the fact of the matter is that Hacksaw Ridge is simply a well-constructed movie that adheres very closely to the themes that it establishes early on. It is a very traditional Hollywood film that abides by a three-act structure with an almost religious sense of fidelity, and it is an emotionally rich story that excels due to the sheer amount of intensity that Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield both bring to the table.

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It's been a very long time since we have seen a war movie that captures the essence of the Golden Age of Hollywood so thoroughly, but Hacksaw Ridge manages to do it perfectly while also injecting plenty of modern touches that audiences have come to expect from a brutal war flick. That is ultimately what sets Hacksaw apart from other recent war movies -- the traditional story that props up the action.

Bill Mechanic's recent comments about the film are not without merit. Audiences and critics alike have responded incredibly well to Hacksaw Ridge, and the war epic has become a critical and commercial success in the process. Not only did it make its budget back several times over with an impressive $175 million worldwide box office haul; it also managed to garner an excellent 86% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Throw in a few Oscar nominations (including its highly coveted Best Picture and Best Director nominations), and you have a recipe for one of 2016's most highly praised and thoroughly enjoyable movies.

However, Hacksaw Ridge works as well as it does because of the immense quality of the collaboration between Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield. Check out the next page for Bill Mechanic's explanation as to why Gibson was the right filmmaker to helm this story!

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