Saving Private Ryan

June 6, 1944. Military forces converge on the beaches of Normandy for oneof the most decisive battles of World War Two. America would call this a victory.

History would call it D-Day. But for Captain Miller and his squad of young soldiers,the day after the landing on Omaha Beach would change all of there lives. Theywould get a special order from Washington ordering them to go on a personnelmission to save one life. One soldier lost three of his brothers in combat. One onOmaha Beach, one on Utah Beach, and the other in New Guinea. They realize this isnot a simple mission to save a life but a test of their honor and duty.

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Their soleobsession-and their last hope for redemption.Upon arriving at Omaha Beach Captain Miller was faced with many problems. The Germans were awaiting the arrival of the American forces and attacked the shipslanding on the beach before the troops were even able to exit the boats. Many ofMillers men were lost on the beach along with many men from many other companies. Miller lead his mean along a wall on the beach and over took German forces to escapewith most of this troop in tact.

What he didnt realize was that on of the men lost onCaptain Miller continued to lead his men into enemy territory despite the lossof some of his men. He then reached a friendly base set up. Upon arriving at the basehe received orders that his mission would be changing. He was told of the PrivateRyan that died at the Omaha beach invasion.

He was also told of the other two Ryanboys from Iowa that had already died in the war. He wasnt really sure why he wasbeing told this. Then the worst part came. He was ordered to try to find the oneremaining Ryan brother. No one was sure where he was or if he was even alive. Hewas told of an earlier incident where three brothers from Iowa had all been killed inthe war and the mother was left alone. The United States army was now ready to riskthe lived of Captain Miller and seven of his men to try and save this one man just sohis mother wouldnt have to lose her only remaining son.

To Captain Miller this seemed a little extreme. Think of our mothers thoughtMiller and his men. They had no choice though, they were under orders. Along theway Millers company would stop by another American base to pick up an Americansoldier to translate to the German civilians they would meet along the way. Theytraveled to may abandoned and demolished remains of what used to be towns inMiller lost many of his men along the way during encounters with Germanparatroopers and hidden German machine gun nests. But despite loosing many menthey were able to continue.

The met remaining parts of an American Paratroopingunit along the way to somewhat replenish their forces. But the paratroopers werentin much better shape than Millers bunch. They continued in search of Ryan and finally found him in a town on the river. He was in a patchwork infantry trying to prevent the Germans from taking a bridgethat was vital to the strategies of the United States Army. Private Ryan wouldntleave with Miller though, he insisted on staying and fighting the Germans. He didntwant to be remembered as a coward. Miller agreed, and his men, battered and beaten,also agreed to stay and fight one last fight before going home.

They managed to hold off the German advances until help arrived. They againlost many men in this effort but Private Ryan survived. Captain Miller has reached hisI thought this was a very good book. I thought it made a very good pointabout some of the difficult decisions facing the men in the middle of a hostileenvironment in another country and the bravery shown by many men in the heat ofbattle. I cant say if I were placed in the same position if I would be able to do thesame thing as some of those men. To risk the lives of several men to save the life ofone is a very difficult decision to make.

Especially when no one even knew if PrivateRyan had even made it off the beach alive or if he was killed in battle. I believe that if I were one of the men with the mission of saving one man justbecause his the U.S. Army didnt want to tell his mother, I would have a seriousproblem with obeying those orders. Bibliography:

Saving Private Ryan

In critiquing Steven Spielbergs movie Saving Private Ryan, I realized thatyou can not base a move only on realism. A good movie has got to have some kindof character or formalism to carry the viewer through these realistic scenes.Spielberg not only uses these tools but also showed stereotyped images in hischaracters.

In my critique I wish to point out some uses of realism, formalism,and stereotypes in the movie Saving Private Ryan. In my eyes Saving Private Ryanis a masterpiece. Even though the movie is nearly three hours in length, it isevenly distributed and takes on a powerful subject.

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Private Ryan wasnt merelyanother war movie, I really felt it caught the soul of war. The film begins witha half-hour sequence of the landings at Normandy on D-Day. Many films haveportrayed this D-Day scene, but have failed to me in realism. In Private Ryan,realism portrayed in a nearly exact replica of war. To achieve this StevenSpielberg displayed the battle scenes, as the next step could be the moment ofdeath. Limbs are blown off in mid-shot; guts splay out of uniforms and onto thesandy beach; soldier in mid-sentence are startled by bullet holes blossoming ontheir foreheads. Bloods sticks to the lens of the camera. In doing so Spielbergmastered the opening of Saving Private Ryan as far as realism.

Roberts 2 TheD-Day sequence actually has nothing to do with the story of Saving Private Ryan.Formalism kicks in when Miller and what’s left of his small platoon receiveorders to retrieve a private Ryan (Matt Damon) from somewhere on the forwardline in France. Ryan’s brothers have all died in combat in the last week, andGeneral wants to pull the private back to the states, to spare Mrs. Ryan theheartbreak of having all of her boys killed in action. Never have I seen adocumentary that made a box office hit solely on realism so I feel Spielbergsplot was well worth wild. Not only did I see realism and formalism in SavingPrivate Ryan but Spielbergs platoon of men consisted of the usual melting-potcollection of stereotypes. The loyal meat-and-potatoes sergeant, loudmouthBrooklyn-Irish critic, combat virgin, wisecracking Jew, big-hearted Italian,bible-quoting sharpshooter. Although, Tom Hanks goes against stereotype in thismovie.

Captains are usually portrayed as rock-hard and without emotion. In thismovie, Tom Hanks shows a very caring and calm portrayal of a military captain.As a platoon movie, Saving Private Ryan is engrossing, with some sharply writtenconversation and brilliantly executed scenes of danger and violence. Although Ifeel this movie is reaching for a grander scale, as an attempt to make the warmovie more realistic and less Hollywood-ized, Private Ryan is often shockinglyeffective.

There are moments in this film where I thought, what was about tohappen couldnt happen in a Hollywood movie, let alone a Steven Spielbergmovie and then, unbelievably, it happens. All and all, I Roberts 3 loved everyhour of Saving Private Ryan. Seeing this movie after a few Cinema Appreciationclasses I seem to have caught things that would have other wise been lookedover. Such as, realism, formalism, and stereotypes to which built a goodfoundation and created a good movie.Cinema and Television


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