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Saving Private Ryan

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    Some good parts, but way overrated.

    Saving Private Ryan is without a doubt one of the most overrated films of all time. I'm certain you've heard people blabber about how its "One of the greatest war films" and such but it truly is not. For the most part the film just seems boring, I really hate to say that but that's just how it is. I first saw this film when I was Eleven years old and I remembered thinking it was really good, recently I've been going threw movies I saw a while back and watching them again to see if they live up to how I recall them Private Ryan to put it bluntly did not. The film just doesn't make sense, the idea that some Higher Up would send Eight guys to rescue one because he doesn't want the one guys Mother to be disapointed that all her sons have died is completely absurd, is it sad? yes but you gotta think people like this Higher Up were signing and overseeing thousands of letters just like this, the idea that one would just stick out to him all of a sudden is absolutely ridicolous and melodramatic. Let me correct myself I shouldn't say signing it should be just overseeing as a lot of these guys probably didn't pay much attention aside from authorization, but that raised the question how often did this happen? Were American Soldiers all over the map in WW2 getting given new missions and being pulled out from more important initiatives to save the last of a clan? I think not. Secondly, Tom Hanks captain figure is completely unrealistic he is like Jesus the epitome of goodness he has no problem risking all his mens lives to save one, he also has no problem risking their lives Two seperate times, once at the radar installation, and once they got to Ryan the Captain it seems is so dedicated to goodness he's impossible to believe, that being said Tom Hanks portrays him well. I also like how the Sissy translator sits on the stairs listening to his teammate being killed when he could have saved his life, and then later he kills the Nazi who did it once he's already surrendered, oooohhh he's tough, not that I wouldn't kill the guy to but I probably would've done it earlier, like you know when he was killing my buddy. That being said the film does have some good sequences like the famous D-Day part at the beginning or the Battle sequence at the end or the meditative "Earn this" and the subsequent old man wondering if he has indeed earned it. I certainly hope that poor man did because this film didn't earn the heaps of praise piled upon it - CM

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bloated

    If you could judge Saving Private Ryan just from the opening Omaha Beach scene, this movie would be five stars all the way. But after a fantastic opening, the movie drips out a stomach-churningly simple story that doesn't say too much but what tons of other war movies already tell us: War is Hell. Great performances by Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Hanks, Jeremy Davies, and even Vin Diesel and tons of "guest-stars" make for a who's who of Hollywood celebs, and the atmosphere is more real than most moviemakers could do. This is Spielberg's strength, to make us feel like we're really there, while we watch his convenient, cliched, bloated, practically unbelievable film.

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