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2.0 out of 5 stars SPR, 24 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
As far as Speilberg goes he never makes a bad film like Nike never make a bad shoe, and his interest in second war can't be a bad thing - it's what he likes to do it seems.
This whole thing about portraying how real war is has always confused me. Battle is hell - you're face down in hell, death stalks the field like a fog, you can't control your bodilly functions, the smell is beyond comprehension, your friends die painfully, horror is everywhere, terror is absolute and most importantly despite being part of it all, you are utterly powerless and horrifically, the people you are fighting feel just the same. Still, I can not start to comprehend what it must be like and to suggest that bullets whizzing behind your sofa on the DVD surround-soundtrack while we live in what are still realtively peaceful times, gives you any kind of insight is utterly offensive to the point of disrespect to veterans.
Undoubtably the opening scene is awesome, but I always question what it can achieve. Infact I think the most evocative moment was where they discover a german base and face each other, guns drawn, both obviously terrified of each other. No real spectacle, though so it gets forgotten.
The story isn't really up to much, the performances are OK, DVD extras? Whatever. As far as engenderring respect for those men who fought goes, it would be good to think that Rememberance/Veterans Day might achieve that, but again old heroes don't cut the mustard next to $20million a film stars. Besides which, as far as film being able to help us understand these kind of things goes, The Deer Hunter and Born on the 4th of July spring to mind as lessons in what can be done - there are plenty more.
It's been said 100 times but considering how realistic the opening scene claims to be, how incredible that realism goes out the window afterward - France is apparently populated by Americans and Germans, I can't remember an English or French accent throughout the film. The whole American flag flying at the begining and end of the film has probably been overanalysed - it's a US film after all, and it establishes the tone perfectly.
In the end, Oliver Stone loses it and goes to McDonalds.
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Initial post: 9 May 2012 13:53:24 BDT
mdn61 says:
I guess you missed the scene with the French family around 40 minutes into the movie. That scene lasts around 10 minutes. You must have been in the bathroom, dropping a duece.
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