(Revu en bluray) Véritable jalon en son genre, la principale vertu de ce film fut de montrer la guerre dans toute son horreur (donnant tout son sens à l'expression "chair-à-canon"). Spielberg, en un geste inouï, fait converger en un blockbuster l'action la plus échevelée et un discours anti-guerre jusque-là cantonné aux films d'auteurs post-Vietnam. Call of Duty (2003) retiendra la leçon esthétique mais pas morale...
Really shows the D-day for what it was: a gory and uncensored bloodbath. Steven Spielberg's rescue story with all it's action set pieces feel brutally realistic and the excellent cinematography, editing and music never lets go. Only, the sentimental "old man remember the past" - wraparound segment that bookends and starts the film didn't work for me.
Along with many other WWll veterans, I find this film to be the most accurate war movie of all time. From the many low to high angle shots that simulate a first person perspective of soldiers crawling on the ground. To the realistic acting of cool and calculated Captain Tom Hanks in comparison to loud gun ho private grunt Vin Diesel. Every detail of this film all in conjunction make it a timeless classic.
Possibly Spielberg's greatest directing achievement, and something of a paradox: what can we make of a film that sets out to capture the gravity of war, but by the end has turned into one of the most exhilarating action movies ever made? Which is to say, at its best, it reflects with a humble enough eye to please the ghost of John Ford. At its worst, thinking about it too hard leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
More impressive logistically, than technically. The mise-en-scene is stronger than what is being shot or the way Spielberg shoots it. If Ryan is us, and the message isn't anti-war so much as to 'earn' the freedom from facism that these people fought for then it's fair to say we have failed.