Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother… —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
Film tecnicamente fantastico:scene di un'intensità feroce,set grandiosi esaltati da meravigliose riprese sia dall'alto che dal basso,movimenti di camera che rendono perfettamente bene l orrore a cui si stà assistendo.Peccato che tutto ciò debba convivere con una sceneggiatura ridicola,con la perenne insopportabile figura del soldato buono che non vede l'ora di ritornare a casa;Finale tra i più patetici mai visti.3*
La prima mezz'ora è folgorante: colpisce in pieno per violenza, realismo e totale impotenza di fronte all'orrore della guerra. Poi il film diventa fin troppo manicheo: gli americani sono troppo buoni (ed eroici), i tedeschi troppo cattivi (e vili). Il finale è al limite del propagandistico. Spielberg gira in maniera eccezionale,il film merita una visione più per l'aspetto tecnico che per altro. *** e 1/2
A remarkable achievement from Steven Spielberg. He walks a fine line in trying to depict war as the terrible thing it is, while at the same time not ignoring the fact that violence onscreen is inherently cinematic and exciting. It's to Spielberg's credit that he succeeds, perhaps beyond any other modern war movie. But I find it interesting that many of the stylistic techniques Spielberg employed to make the Normandy invasion seem so vivid - the desaturated color palette, handheld camera work, thorough sound design, and incidental staging of gruesome deaths - have been co-opted by a younger generation of directors looking to make their B-movie action scenes feel more legitimate or 'real'.
Also: A new trailer for Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.
To think that this movie did not win Best Picture is a crime. Director Steven Spielberg uses all of his talent and resources to give to the world the greatest war film ever made.
Though it’s true… read review
If there is one demographic slighted by the movies it’s war veterans. But our nation’s heroes are better off ignored, as they often are, since the portrayal of veterans seldom transcends the mockery… read review
While it is not the best war movie, it is certainly fun and a great visual experience. Tom Hanks was a great choice, although some of the other casting was a little off. I thought the action sequences… read review