Actually I really like war-themed films, I like how Spielberg builds that suspense, but what is the main point of the side-story of this film is so futile, this film has a plus in showing how the atmosphere of Normandy feels most real according to historians. but other, the film is nothing.
A group of men was sent on a mission to find a single soldier in the chaos of war in France within days of D-Day. Based on an actual event, this tale brings the world to see through the eyes and hearts of the proud soldiers who encounter fear, frustration, courage, and brotherhood. Everything from the score, camera angles, stunts, and explosions are impressive.
Unlike Klimov whose 'Come and See' influenced Spielberg, and who has trasnferred a scene from the Soviet film (i.e. the shellshocked Tom Hanks in the carnage of Normandy), the film uses every opportunity to aestheticize violence while always 'ideologizing' the horrors/heroism in battle. Unable to abstract towards both aesthetic and horror-as Klimov does-Spielberg wastes an opportunity, endorsing the Hollywood canon.
The acting in this film is substantial. In the very beginning where the troops are landing on Normandy beach we see the pure terror and fear the soldiers are facing by their facial expressions alone. One scene that stands out is when Tom Hanks' character, Captain Miller, find Matt Damons' character, Private Ryan. Private Ryan refuses to leave even though all his brothers died in war.
(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.