Saving Private Ryan (1998)
IMDB Rating 8.6/10 169 min - Rated 15 War | Action
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore Director: Steven Spielberg
American soldiers land on Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings in World War II, with multiple deaths from enemy fire. An army captain (Hanks) has been assigned to take his squad of seven men into France to find Private Ryan (Damon), whose three brothers have been killed in combat, and get him home to his grieving mother. To this end, they have to travel through treacherous German held territory. They find Ryan and a small group of Paratroopers trying to hold onto a key bridge about to be attacked by a German Panzer Group. The film opens with some of the most devastating footage of combat ever committed to film. For twenty minutes the audience is assailed by subjective sight and sound in an attempt to recreate the feeling of being in the midst of a battle. Much of this terrifying effect is due to the camerawork of Janusz Kaminski. Having established that war is hell, the. film moves into a complex examination of heroism, much of it seen through the eyes of Corporal Upham (Davies), the frightened translator, who speaks excellent German and French, but is really a civilian and the audience's surrogate. The final spectacular battle sequence is shot more objectively than the graphic opening sequence so that we can see that war is not all chaos, but tactics. Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast effectively play down any heroics.