Review Date: April 04, 1999
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Robert Rodat
Producers: I. Bryce, M. Gordon, G. Levinsohn, S. Spielberg
Tom Hanks as Captain John Miller
Tom Sizemore as Sergeant Horvath
Matt Damon as James Ryan
Its biggest compliment relates to its extensive three hour run-time, which didn't seem to phase me one bit. This film had me by the balls from the get-go and kept pounding me with an interesting array of characters, solid guidance and a cast that was primed for the occasion. Standouts included Giovanni Ribisi and Tom Sizemore in my eyes, but all were extremely integral to the whole of the story. I commend Spielberg for bringing out the best in his players, and bringing to screen a variant version of "just another War movie". I did find that the fast-action camera technique was a tad overused, but who am I to argue with a genius of American cinema. All in all, an engaging film about a bleak subject told via a simple story, great characters, realistic and gruesome combat scenes, and a vision of a man graced with the talent to direct it all into a coherent and emotional page of human and cinematic history.