Reviewed Jun 21, 2012
I think we can probably say that there are an unlimited number of WW II-related films such as the classic ones like The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, A Bridge Too Far, Apocalypse Now and even the modern one such as Valkyrie. Why do so many films explore that theme? I think it’s because WW II is one of the very important moments in human history, both in terms of human rights violations, the atrocities of war and also taking account of those who must suffer as war casualties.
Although Saving Private Ryan is fictional ; nevertheless, in terms of history, thanks to technology, Steven Spielberg managed to bring back the horror that occurred on the D-Day, when Allied troops landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Honestly, in my opinion, this is Spielberg’s most violent films. With the jaw-dropping opening scene, the blood-bath was not sugar-coated at all, scene after scene presented with a handheld, shaky camera style, with a particular cold color tone, the ricocheting bullets, mortar explosions, the bloodbath, the combat casualties and so on really make the battle scenes seem realistic. All this further strengthens the moral message that for any reason, war is making everyone miserable.
The core of this film, as its title bears, is actually very silly, the struggle of an American platoon led by Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) must take the danger to save the life of a soldier named Ryan (Matt Damon) from an area occupied by The Germans. Apart from the packaging of the war, the film is quite dramatic in terms of plot, the conflict of the characters in the film, including the excellent CGI work and cinematography. In regards to the Academy Award obtained, it seems fair to consider Saving Private Ryan as one of the best modern movies about WW II.