Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan

Sa ving 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.

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