Saving Private Ryan ★★★★
Tom Hanks hits cinemas in Sully this Friday, 2 December, as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who landed a passenger jet on the Hudson. The star previously played the title character in maritime hijack drama Captain Phillips. But his first stoic captain under duress was John Miller in Saving Private Ryan, doggedly leading his offbeat platoon (Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Tom Sizemore) to bring home the only surviving fourth Ryan brother (Matt Damon) from occupied France. Steven Spielberg’s multi-Oscar-winning D-Day drama remains most keenly remembered for its beach landing sequence, with its influential roving hand-held cameras, muted colour palette, whizzing surround-sound bullet effects and unrelenting bursts of gore. The fable’s a little forced, but the set pieces are terrific, and the framing device in a military cemetery is a tear-jerker, thanks to composer John Williams’s moving Hymn to the Fallen.
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