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War is hell Came from one of the Rangers in the Movie saving private ryan and the entire country at that time could have said it in unison--but rarely does anyone ever give serious thought to what exactly it means The opening 25-minute sequence of Steven Spielbergs Saving Private Ryan should change all that Showing the invasion of France on D-day June 6 1944 as seen through the eyes of Capt John Miller Tom Hanks this is now known as one of the more realistic aims at showing what it was like in world war 2 than any other documentary in date the intensity is what gave this film all the rage and sent hundreds of thousands of people across the country and some parts of the world to the movie theaters To merely describe the brutal graphic violence such as the severed limbs eviscerations and the free-flowing and -gushing blood is to discount its sensory and emotional power to describe it simply on those latter terms is to diminish the bravery and honesty Spielberg exhibits in not shying away from the raw carnage This bravura opening set piece is cinema in the purest sense--the melding of audio visuals and all other individual aspects of filmmaking into a greater whole an experience whose effects are not easily shaken its memory not easily forgotten After the well-intentioned but stately-to-a-chill Amistad this explosive opening announces that Spielberg has rebounded in a big way with this World War II drama a stunning piece of work that aims and hits the audience square in the gut The Private Ryan that must be saved is one James Francis Ryan the only survivor of four brothers in active duty in the war effort as some type of humanitarian mission Army Chief of Staff George C Marshall Harve Presnell dispatches a squad led by Capt Miller to find Pvt Ryan and send him home as comfort to his grieving mother The
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