Saving Private Ryan - The Art of War Essay

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Saving Private Ryan - The Art of War Released in 1999, Saving Private Ryan shocked the United States. Devastatingly realistic, and never pulling a punch, Steven Spielberg's World War II film has gone down in history, winning multiple awards, and receiving praise from all around the world. Tom Hanks' superb acting, coupled with Spielberg's artistic sense in regards to film making, unleashed a powerhouse of a cinematic experience. The film could not have hit theaters during a better time. The World War II veterans were reaching their last years, and a majority of the nation's youth had no idea what a sacrifice these brave men made. Depicting the brutalities of war in a realistic way, Saving Private Ryan is a new found war classic that…show more content…
"But the true cultural impact of "Saving Private Ryan" is best measured not in dollars or book sales but in conversations, and they're breaking out all over." (Wallace) After viewing the film, moviegoers were desperate to talk about it. Spielberg repeatedly claimed that he created the film as a tribute to veterans, and honor him he did. The film opened the eyes of the younger Americans who didn't realize the sacrifice veterans made, and sparked thank you letters, phone calls, and conversations all around the nation. The film opens with the horrific assault on Omaha Beach. There truly has been nothing like it in previous films. The sound alone is mesmerizing, from the waves smashing against the metal barricades, to the explosions on the beach, the audience is instantly sucked into the chaos of war. The boats push through the ice cold water, soldiers wait in silence for the doors to open. Viewers are able to feel the tension as the soldiers vomit not only from sea sickness, but the nervousness of what lies ahead of them on the other side of the beach. As the doors slowly open, the German MG-42's unleash waves of bullets that roll over the American soldiers, killing a vast majority before they even have a chance to get off the boat. Those
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