Saving Private Ryan
Monday, 9go!, 9.10pm, MA15+ (1998) Nothing can diminish the enthralling pace and pummelling intensity of Steven Spielberg’s mature World War II epic. Tom Hanks (pictured) leads a platoon to contact and rescue a paratrooper (Matt Damon) who has been dropped behind enemy lines during the Allied invasion of Normandy. The muted tone and cinema verité style keeps things gritty (and not just the ever-presen t mud and rain). Any lack of character development can be justified – these are men on a mission, not kicking bac k at a Sunday barbecue. Among Spielberg’s many great films, Saving Private
Ryan is a stand-out.