Does anyone still believe WWII was the good war, and that cynicism, spin control and U.S. brutality were born in Vietnam? If so, Steven Spielberg's visceral re-creation of the Second World War experience will be a shocker: The film's battle scenes are
anarchic, bloody, frenzied and studded with atrocious acts. Screenwriter Robert Rodat's script (based loosely on an actual incident and heavily indebted to historian Stephen Ambrose), however, sticks to familiar ground. Battle-scarred Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) is sent on a special mission to
retrieve one Private Ryan (Matt Damon), who merits heroic efforts because he's the sole survivor of four enlisted brothers, and...