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How does the director of Saving Private Ryan makes the opening sequence shocking for the audience?

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How does the director of Saving Private Ryan makes the opening sequence shocking for the audience? Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Saving Private earned itself five academy awards, including the best director award I 1998. The all star cast starring Matt Damon, Edward burns, Tom Hanks and Tom Sizemore brings to life the horror of war. The film begins with World War 2's historic D-Day invasion, seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, and then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a perilous, dangerous and hazardous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) had to take his team behind the enemy lines in order to save Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in this war. Each of the men was assigned to save Private Ryan had questioned their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? The reason for these eight men risking their lives to save just one is the government of USA was afraid of people criticize the government about Mrs Ryan lose all her son in the war. ...read more.


When we entered the battle, we instantly saw many soldiers waiting on the boat and they were all nervous, uncomfortable and terrified since it was their first real battle. Most of them had no experience and knowledge of combats. For example, some people were vomiting and praying, whereas some remained calm and planning how to capture the beach. Spielberg shows the shocking reality of war by showing us not all soldiers are brave and willing to sacrifice themselves for their country since they did not believe it was an honour to die in the war. When the doors of those boats open, many men were shot instantly and most of them were dead. All the camera shots were short and quick, this informs us that lives were taken away in a short period. This creates the beginning of the shocking and unknown reality of the war due to most audience did not expect lives could be taken in such a short period. When the camera went into water, everything including the time was slowed down. ...read more.


In addition, one of the main characters was talking to a man and a second later, he died. This clearly implies a subtext of the shocking chances of survival on the D-Day. Retaliation was another important element that makes the opening sequence shocking. This was showed when one of sub unit captured one of the defend settlement and they found some surrenders but they did not capture them. Instead of capturing them, they shot them and gloat about it. This is both extremely realistic and shocking because this scene symbolizes the madness and evilness of human. Consequently, this would lead the audience to think what they would do if they were in that situation. In addition, it demonstrates us the negative side and evilness of human. The introduction of the movie clearly shows how terrible the situation was and the shocking chances of survival on the epic D-Day by showing the audience how the American soldiers try to capture the beach bravely; the negative side of human; the evilness of human. It proves them to the audience by presenting different scenes of all human behaviour. ...read more.

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