Oh my.You can't really put into words the description of the opening 24 minutes. I know it's probably the most intense half hour of moviegoing in my life, and I know that regardless of how realistic the opening looks, no matter how real the sound effects seem, it will never ever compare to being there. I would never have survived. I'm not the kind of person that could have.
But yet, looking at this film, I can say I've learned more about war than any history book or any instructor could ever teach me. I've learned to fear it.
War really is hell, and this movie goes to great lengths to prove that in the first half hour alone.
I hesitate to call it epic, although some have. It's a good story, expertly told, beautifully shot. It lingers. That's the important thing. It lingers. It's not a movie that you forget the instant the credits start to roll and the lights come up. It stays with you. It stays with me, even now, a month after seeing it.
Tom Hanks is brilliant. I say that as a fan of his work and I say that because I mean it. I mean, I liked Bosom Buddies and Dragnet, for cryin' out loud, just because he was involved. But his portrayal of Capt. John Miller is deeper, more subtle, than any other role he's had. The rest of the cast (yes, including Ed Burns) is in fine form as well, especially Tom Sizemore.
The movie...I can't even really put it into words how much this movie should affect you.
I only know that you should see it. See it and learn from it.The film to beat in 1998.