Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

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.

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