Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is a fairly new World War 2 movie, which was a blockbuster hit. It’s about a private named Ryan who lost three of his brothers in action. Being the only brother left in the family he gets the ticket home. He was dropped on D-Day in German occupied territories. Unfortunately no one knows where he is because of missile drops, so a team of eight rangers is sent out to find him.
During the mission they go through many hard tasks of war. They also lost two of their men and at one point the team almost falls apart. It is truly a heart breaking moment. At the end of the movie they finally find Private Ryan. Surprisingly he decided not to leave his post (protect a key bridge) and fight until reinforcement comes. The captain than decides to stay and help them fight until help comes. They prepare for the German attack and await for them. Once the Germans do come, a big battle breaks out and the fight starts. After a fierce fighting only two out of eight rangers and private Ryan survive, the captain dies. The reinforcements came at the last minute and the bridge was saved, but left Ryan with horrible memories of war.
There were many conflicts in the movie and it’s very hard to find the main one. One of the conflicts could be man vs. himself (soldiers vs. feelings about the mission). None of the soldiers saw soldier saw real importance of the mission. It seemed too dangerous to put eight of their life’s for one of private Ryan’s. The conflict wasn’t really resolved because they felt the same way about it until the end. There was also no winner in the conflict or loser. Even the captain showed no importance in the mission but his loyalty for the assignment was stronger. If I were put in the same spot I would feel exactly the same way. Even though his mother lost three of her sons already, how would my mother feel if she lost her only son?
Once again this movie has a lot of messages for the viewers. The strongest message would probably be how devastating and brutal World War II was or any war is. This is a very strong message. The viewers are shown the extreme of war brutality. There hasn’t been a movie like that in a long time. Its description is the greatest ever. “Thirty five dead, two wounded,” these were casualties for just one mission to take a beach. This was only for one regiment. It shows how brutal and deadly it was. After seeing that, one should learn that war and violence is totally unnecessary. After all that there was no winner or loser of World War II, but only the death of young men.

Acting in Saving Private Ryan was unbelievable. The actors such as Tom Hanks and Tom Sizemore gave their best and it’s probably best ever. The acting made you feel as if you were there. It brought out the emotions in an ordinary person as myself. Even the extras performed excellent acting that moved the viewers. The actors showed the pain, the anger their emotions as if it was real. Tom Hanks showed pain, so real that one could feel it. Watching them going through the hardships shook a tear out in the most feeling less people. The extras such as setting, costumes and make up were also excellent. The whole movie looked like it was filmed during World War II. The costumes and make up made the movie go to the extreme realism. Every single stain, burn, hole was there as if it was taken off a soldier. Even the unshaved faces or dirt under the nails was what made this movie great and one of a kind. The time period was during World War II and it was filmed during World War II or it seemed. The camera movement in Saving Private Ryan made you feel as if you were a soldier running and fighting in the center of the action. For instance, when the soldiers jumped out of the landing duck, so did the camera. The camera jumped in and out of the water as a soldier gasping for air. As the camera moved onto the land out of the water it shook and ran with the rest of the soldiers. It made you realize how it really was. Angle shots were also excellent. It showed soldiers running and screaming with fear in their faces and grief after the battle. The lighting wasn’t too colorful for a reason. Colorful movies usually represent an action movie or a love story. Saving Private Ryan colors weren’t as sharp because there’s nothing happy about World War II. This lighting is used the strongest way at the end of the movie. As the camera looks up at the American Flag the colors were light and weak. The special effects were also great. The explosions and shots were timed perfectly bringing the reality onto the screen. These effects were really good.
Right in the beginning, the soldiers landed on the beach and all hell broke loose with the great sounds of war. The ripped bodies flying in the air and pierced with bullets, armless or legless soldiers crawling around dazed and confused, laid and screamed with pain. It was truly a horrific scene. The sounds effects as everything else were outstanding and captured the attention of every viewer. The sounds were perfect. Every sound was extremely realistic. Everything from a gunshot to a raindrop was fit in with precision.
One of the moments was when the Rangers ran into their first fight after D-Day. The camera was looking at leafs and it slowly it started to rain. As the rain started falling faster and faster, shots of machine guns started. The guns mixed right in with the gunfire. Slowly the camera moved to a puddle and soldiers started running through it. All a viewer could see was the feet, but the sound was perfect. The mixture of rain, gun shots and than the footsteps in the puddle was amazing. The whole movie was a flashback. It started with private Ryan walking through the cemetery in Washington D.C. for World War II soldiers. He then collapsed on his knees; the camera closed in on his face and faded out into the Omaha beach 1944(D-day).
Saving Private Ryan was directed by, the greatest, Steven Spielberg. This was one of his greatest movies ever, up with Shindler’s List. He seems to feel strong about World War II. All his war related movies seem to be outstanding, topping others by a handful. With this movie he wanted to show the viewers how World War II was damaging to the whole world. I also think he was tying to show the loyalty and the strong brotherhood between soldiers, no matter the different religion or ethnic background. I strongly recommend this movie for all. It describes World War 2 and the hardships extremely well.

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In the movie, the director wanted to show the realism of the World War II. He found a way to make the story interesting to most viewers, yet provide true effects of the war on American History. With all of the special examples of realism, the author brings your emotions into the story. Spielberg did a good job of bringing out the deepest emotions, some were anger, sadness, and understand of the situation.

I thought the movie was very good and was well directed. Like I mentioned in the report, the movie was brought to life right in front of you. You felt like you were there, in the story running with the soldiers. World War II was an on going battle that nobody won. Even though there were no declared winners, World War II was very important in American History, and has changed the way the nation is now.


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