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Only once in a while, there are movies that can impress you no end. Especially, if it is directed by the talented Steven Spielberg ...
Impressive on all counts:
Only once in a while, there are movies that can impress you no end. Especially, if it is directed by the talented Steven Spielberg and it features the handsome Tom Hanks. The movie has a praise worthy screen play and the story line is excessive taut and well written to catch the audience’s attention.
World War II theme:
This movie which is written by Robert Rodat is actually set in the times of the Second World War during the invasion of Normandy. The graphic portrayal of war scenes that unfolds in the first half hour of the movie is mind-blowing true in its portrayal. Steven Spielberg has always been a genius in portraying war and the atrocity done on the battle fields as he has always claimed that creating movies on the World War II has always been one of his favorite themes. For details, follow the link :
The film’s story revolves around a family of four brothers and their widowed mother. All the four brothers are servicemen and incidentally three of the eldest four die serving the country and all within a week’s time.
The most heart touching scene of the movie is when the army representative and the priest reach the widow’s farm house and she collapses right at the porches’ sensing what kind of news could be in store for her.
Meanwhile, in the Washington Office, the officers are hell bent on saving the fourth of the brothers who is on the offensive and in the thick of the war at the Omaha Beach. The movie is in major part the mission that the army undertakes to save the fourth brother from dying because it would be extremely harsh on the mother to lose all her four daughters in a single war.
Tom Hanks plays the US captain of the Army Rangers, john H. Miller. He along with his squad of six men are the ones who are entrusted with the mission of pulling out the paratrooper called ryan and bring him back to his mother.
The critical acclaim and the accolades that the film received:
The film which was released in the year 1998 was the year’s second highest highest grossing movie at the box office that year. The movie that was subsequently released on the home video was also a runaway success and therefore in short it made all the money and more that was spent on the production.
Steven Spielberg won the best director in the movie which was his second one. The film was nominated for eleven categories and it took away four gorgeous ladies. The movie has received far and wide acclaim including its original sound track.
The film was released on June 24th in the year 1998. It was also co produced by Spielberg and remade in four European languages including English, German, French and Czech. The movie was made in $70 million budget but it managed to make a whopping $482 million at the box office.
Impactful first scene:
The movie opens with a war veteran who is visiting a cemetery along with his extended family, it so happens that the veteran is Ryan the paratrooper who is sneaked away from the thick of war to be safely taken back to his widow mother because she has already lost her three sons and she may not be able to withstand the shock of losing her fourth son as well.
It so turns out when the officer Miller who is deployed on the mission along with six other comrades tries to save Ryan he is suddenly killed in the fire that ensues. It so turns out that the grave in the cemetery is also of Major Miller and the war veteran who has come to pay his homage along with his wife, children and grandchildren are the same Private Ryan whose life he saved before succumbing to the heavy offensive in the war.
The plot has its very own twists and turns:
Throughout the movie there are some well placed twists which make the movie very interesting. For instance, one of the earliest twists in the movie is when the six comrades think that they have found Ryan but the serviceman is apparently not the guy that they are looking for.
The climax is heart wrenching and extremely emotional when the audiences realize that the grave belongs to Captain Millers who is played by Hanks and whose character never even thought twice about executing his duties at the expense of his life.