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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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

Saving-Private-RyanIn 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).

2 comments on “Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    03/12/2014

    Amazing beginning, as you say. It tails off from there, and the ending is sappy as hell (plus, if I remember correctly, the whole thing is framed as a flashback of a character who did not actually witness the events shown).

    “Despite this dubious military exercise disguised as plot” Definitely.

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