Saving Private Ryan History

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Cardenas Hist 2057 Fall 2014 History According to Hollywood: Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan is a gruesome, realistic war film that begins on June 6th, 1944, D-Day, on Omaha Beach as the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division storm the historic beaches of Normandy. After a long, hard fought battle to secure Omaha Beach, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) and his unit, 2nd Ranger Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division, is given the task of searching for one specific solider, Private James Ryan (Matt Damon). Private Ryan’s three other brothers were killed in combat therefore the Army Command wants to send the last surviving brother, James, home. Private Ryan, whom is a member of the 101st Airborne Division, may or may not even be alive, but alive or not the Army Command wants this mission carried out and Private Ryan found either way. The rest of the film captures the hardships and struggles of…show more content…
The audience is immediately flooded with feared soldiers who are being gunned down and just see mass amounts of blood, vomit, guts, wounded soldiers crying out for help with blood spewing from every part of the body imaginable, legs and arms that have been dismembered from bodies and an all around chaotic atmosphere where you feel as if you yourself are there at the beaches fighting and suffering with them. This opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the movie, feeling like you’re there, apart of the different Infantry units, being attacked, fearing for your life, not knowing what’s going to happen next every second. The film really serves justice to the events portrayed throughout the movie because of the mastery Steven Spielberg shows with his editing, sound, performance, camera movement and storytelling where he makes every member of the audience feel like they are directly in the combat experience and experiencing what these soldiers are

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