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Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan. Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg directed the emotional film 'Saving Private Ryan'. Steven Spielberg attempted to recount the horror of war. Spielberg quotes; "I was looking for realism all the time". The film follows a group of American soldiers in World War Two assigned to locate and bring back Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), who is fighting somewhere in the French countryside. Private Ryan's three brothers have all been killed in the war and military officials have decided that his mother should be spared the death of her fourth son. A group of approximately eight men searching for Ryan, encountering various incidents along the way resulting in the death of most of the men. The film begins with typography stating 'Saving Private Ryan. This is written in quite a clear strong font with definite colours, black and white. This typography then fades until we see a United States of America flag; however this seems to be faded. I think what the director is trying to show is that the American dream has been broken. This is a superb way of showing such a deep meaning within something so simple. ...read more.

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Nicety-five percent of them hadn't. It was complete chaos." The first shot you see is an extreme close up of Captain Millers' shaking hands. This shows he is human and he is scared of war. He is just like anyone else although he is still a leader and he still leads his troops on. You then move on to a shot where you see several troops drawing crosses on their chest, praying and kissing necklaces with a cross on it. The effect on the audience is that the audience feel these soldiers are real people and they don't want to be there, they know something bad going to happen to them. As the troops fight for their lives the camera follows them beneath the water. Beneath the water the sound is muted and there is a very powerful shot where you see a soldier who gets shot underwater. However this shot is a silent shot and you can see his blood pouring into the sea water. The scene also contains some dramatic irony, this is shown when Captain Miller says; "I'll see you on the beach." We know it is not going to be that straight forward. ...read more.

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I found the opening scene very realistic and shocking indeed, but as I have mentioned before I think this was needed because for people to actually understand what happened at D-day you need to engage the audience within the film, I think Steven Spielberg has certainly done this. Whilst watching this you just cannot take your eyes of the screen. There is great suspense of what is going to happen to these troops, if they are going to make it and what's going to happen to Captain Miller. However the opening battle sequence is twenty-four minutes long, I feel this drags on a bit. To finish I would like to say that this is a really good movie. I think this comes down to three main factors; realism, formalism and stereotypes. I think these factors were vital in order to make a worthwhile great film. They act like a sandwich, without one factor the other factors do not work. And all three make up a good foundation which then created a good movie. I would recommend this film to anyone between the ages of 15+. I say this because people below this age may not be able to gain the full effect of the film or understand the logic. By Hollie Spiers 9RB ...read more.

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