Film of the Day #51/ 300
Saving Private Ryan is a brilliant, spectacular, wrenching masterpiece that documents the horror and the ugliness of war. The movie epitomizes the paradox of all great film-making and set a new benchmark for realism in WWII films, defining war movies for a generation. Once again, Steven Spielberg proves that as a constructer of movie images, he's unbeatable. From the initial landing on Omaha Beach, Spielberg throws you right into the middle of the action. However you don't just see it, you live through it. You survive it and after it, you feel like you know just a little bit of what it is like to be in a war. It’s an intense, technically brilliant and wonderfully acted movie with great performances throughout. Saving Private Ryan is a powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat that explores the diverse effects that war has on human nature that has never been captured with such aching reality. It's a thrillingly violent war drama about an unbearably painful subject that is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen.