in about 100 words or less
US 169m, Colour
Director: Steven Spielberg; Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam Goldberg, Jeremy Davies
In its depiction of the June 6, 1944 assault on Omaha Beach, the opening twenty-plus minutes of Saving Private Ryan brings the movie-goer into the action of war like no other film before it. The film’s titular character, Private Ryan is a paratrooper who is missing in action, and the subject of a search by a squad of soldiers sent to return him safely to the US when a commanding General learns that Ryan is the sole survivor of a family of servicemen. Despite this dubious military exercise disguised as plot, the film’s incredible special effects have overshadowed the films overly patriotic and sentimental notes, leaving it as one of the most celebrated war movies of all time (Klaus Ming March 2014).