Saving Private Ryan (1998)
As directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Jeremy Davies and a lot more, this is a war-movie in which, following the Normandy landings, 8 soldiers have to find Private James Ryan and take him home since his 3 brothers have been killed in action.
My Blu-Ray of it was untouched for about one year because I thought I am not a fan of war movies. I didn't love it as much as The Pianist but it is definetely fantastic, it's just different and a lot more disturbing than The Pianist.
It shines from its epic action scenes, especially the first 30 minutes and the last 20~ minutes which are very straight forward, brutal and disturbing. These scenes show everything. A lot of blood squirting out, cut off body parts, people screaming in pain, everything. Though it is not over the top, it's accurate. Obviously I can't tell for myself, but according to veterans, this is just how it really was and it portraits what soldiers really went through.
The performances by all actors were phenomenal. Particularly by Tom Hanks and Jeremy Davies. Never heard about that guy before, but damn was he good! Definetely my favourite character. His performance broke my heart. The other performances were also great, there is not a single bad performance, even by actors that have few screentime. Everything is perfectly convincing and believable.
Honestly, this movie felt like reality. It didn't even feel like a movie anymore. I have rarely seen something that sucked me in so much that I forgot I was watching a movie. That also comes from the great camera movement with angles that make you feel like you're there. Although some people say so, I do not think it is perfect, the overuse of handheld camera was really annoying at some point, there is some strange editing and cheesy lines. I also can't see myself ever rewatching it. Still a masterpiece.
My rating: 9/10
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