Saving Private Ryan - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Omaha Beach. D-Day. American soldiers flock to the beach, only to be chopped down by Nazi gunmen. The sound of bullets, explosions, and screams, mixed with the smell of burning flesh and boiling blood is the only thing on everyone's mind. Still, they push on, and soon the victory is theirs. The Allies are making a major breakthrough, forcing the Nazis back hard and fast. But even as the Allies continue to invade Nazi-owned space, Captain John Miller is assigned to a different kind of mission.
His name is Private James Ryan. Not long ago did his mother receive three telegrams stating that his three brothers had been killed in combat. He is the lone survivor. He has just earned his ticket home. But James Ryan is somewhere behind enemy lines. No one knows if he is alive, no one knows where he is; that's what Miller and his squad have been assigned to do. But what gives the military the right to risk the lives of eight men to save one?
There is nothing unreal about Saving Private Ryan. Personally, I have not been in a war, but, if it's anything even remotely close to what Steven Spielberg depicted in his new masterpiece, then I don't want any part of it. Every sequence is so incredibly realistic, so superbly graphic, so startlingly unpleasant, words cannot describe it. Many times throughout the movie did I actually shift and tell myself that this was a 1998 movie, not a CNN Live broadcast of a war. Silent I was, watching Saving Private Ryan, as the horrors of war were brought to life once more as they had never been done before. Steven Spielberg took no expense in over-dramatization or bizarre camera effects... No, it depicted everything vastly different then what I've seen before. Handheld cameras in the middle of the action, deafening silence that showed what the soldiers must have felt when they watched their friends die, and grotesquely bloody, saddening scenes absorb you into the picture itself. Saving Private Ryan is not one of the best movies ever. It is the best movie ever. Read our Saving Private Ryan movie review »