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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Spielberg adds another masterpiece to his reputation.
In another Spielberg masterpiece, a mother is about to receive a message stating that three of her four boys were killed in battle in WWII. The government learns of the fourth Private Ryan (Matt Damon) and declares a search for him to be found and sent home. After invading Normandy on D-Day, Cpt. Miller (Tom Hanks) takes 7 men with him behind enemy lines to search for Ryan.
I love this film. It is so well done, interesting to watch, and still great after many repeated viewings. A powerful look into the great war of our time. I feel that this is among the best films of all time.
The acting was great by all cast members. I don't recall any missteps and there are certainly spots of fantastic acting in this film. As for the plot, I'm not sure how true it is if even, but I think that it is one of the greatest plots a war film has seen. The action is spectacular and frequents with necessary and brutal war violence. Saving Private Ryan brings the harshness of war to the audience, yet still is entertaining and thought provoking rather than just plain senseless.
Furthermore, the visual effects were all great, and I never felt like I was watching a movie so much as that I was there. It definitely gave me that rare thing a film can do every once in a while; allowing to completely be immersed in it.
I think that this is among Spielberg's best for sure, and I can highly recommend it as a must see piece of film history.
Final Rating: 10/10