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Saving Private Ryan vs The Patriot Moviemakers have the power to portray the world as they see it Since there are so many different directors out there we as viewers are presented with a variety of interpretations I am a gigantic movie buff and have therefore watched every war movie directed If one director views war as completely disastrous while yet another sees glory in it we would find ourselves viewing two contrasting depictions of war Two recent films that clearly prove this point are Steven Speilbergs Saving Private Ryan and Roland Emmerichs The Patriot Both movies are about a historic war Both were released at approximately the same time yet both create an entirely different image of war Ironically Both Ryan and The Patriot were written by the same individual Robert Rodat By using different dramatic literary and cinematic aspects Speilberg and Emmerich present their opinions as well as emotions on the screen Each movie also has creatively developed plot lines and characters Lastly both were gargantuan winners at the box office Ryan takes place during World War II Captain Miller Tom Hanks is given a mission to find and recover Private James Ryan Matt Damon whose three brothers were already killed in action The Patriot is the story of a father of seven Mel Gibson and veteran of the French and Indian War Although he shows disapproval of the current American Revolution personal vengeance forces him to be a hero in the war Although the screenplay could account for a films viewpoint it is the directing which creates the visual picture The setting in Ryans opening scene is a veteran cemetery where we are immediately reminded of the worst result of war death The second scene takes place on Omaha Beach the combat zone on the tragic D-Day First off we are shown that thousands died in World War II as well as other realities We hear soldiers praying for their lives and
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