Saving Private Ryan
Dir. Steven Spielberg. 1998, 169 mins. 35mm. Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore. The D-Day invasion sequence of Spielberg’s Oscar-winning war drama ranks among the most dazzling accomplishments in modern cinema, a terrifying, experiential plunge into violence and confusion. But in addition to this rightly lauded first act, Saving Private Ryan, about American soldiers on a mission to retrieve the sole surviving brother of four and bring him home, is filled with scenes of enormous visceral and emotional impact, and features a central performance by Tom Hanks of remarkable, aching gravity.