Written By Guest Writer on Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 12:13:00 PM
“Ahh, Ryan. I don't know anything about Ryan, I don't care. The man means nothing to me; he's just a name. But if, you know, if going to Rem"al, and finding him so he can go home, if that earns me the right to get back to my wife, well then, then that's my mission.” – Captain Miller (Tom Hanks)
Saving Private Ryan is a story of a group of U.S soldiers sent to a new mission to go beyond enemy line to retrieve a paratrooper whose other brothers have been killed in action.
The movie begins in the invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), And that 25 minutes of opening sequence detailing their landing on that beach is the Strength of the film. That was really based on the situation in the beach during World War II and allows us to see the horrors of War. The direction of Steven Spielberg and cinematography of Janusz Kaminski allows the viewers to experience and to feel what happen on that beach or describe as “the closest thing to hell on earth”.
The first 25 minutes of film is so intense that you can’t even breathe, it will you leaving hanging until you realized that it’s over. The film mainly concern on a rescue mission lead by Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) with his men who had almost killed in Omaha, their mission is to go beyond enemy lines and bring home a soldier whose other brother is had already been killed in action. As their missions continues, the movie shows different events in war, but mostly tragic, like in a scene they see burned warplane with a man wearing a helmet with a star (High Rank), and not far away is bunch of injured American soldier walking, this show a graphically realistic depiction of the horror of wars. When some of their fellow soldiers were being killed in action, some in the group begins to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier. There is also a scene that Tom Hanks breaks down and Cry which is really a heartbreaking, even though the film didn’t show much about the detail of the supporting cast viewers can feel their and pain in the movie. The film shows that a real soldier is just following orders.
Saving Private Ryan made a total of $481.8 million dollars worldwide making it the highest grossing film of the year. The film was later nominated on for eleven academy awards and bagged five, including Best Cinematography and Best Director. The film also won the Golden Globe for Best Picture. It current rank #38 in Top 250 films of all time. Saving Private Ryan was a critical success and credited for contributing resurgence in America’s interest in World War II.
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