October 18, 2015
This is where Spielberg is at his best. He drives tight images that drive emotional responses with clinical precision. Hank plays his guy as an everyman with blend of pathos, humility, and just being that much smarter than everyone else in the room. There were real opportunities for the people to go way overboard, but these veterans kept everything pretty tight. Like "Lincoln," this movie is slice of history made relevant as a warning and a reminder to America about what it means to be an American. It is a patriotic call to duty. When we are most tempted to through away or break the rules because everyone else is; that is when we need to stand even more resolute. We are not a people defined by ethnicity or birth; we are people defined by values that we share. Above all, we must hold true to those values.