Saving Private Ryan shows true
horrors of war
By Judy Symes
Roncalli Central High
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
The year is 1944. You're a young soldier on a foreign land, in
the midst of one of the most horrifying experiences of your life.
You're surrounded by German soldiers, and you watch helplessly
as friends are killed before your own eyes. The sounds of gun
shots drown out everything, including your own thoughts.
I was disgusted and shocked, finding it almost impossible
to look away. Knowing something like this had actually taken
place was a reality I couldn't really grasp. This was how Saving
Private Ryan began.
The theatre was packed from front to back while people waited
for the film to begin. Even though the movie was very intense,
it had a story that deserved to be told.
I think that those of you who feel the film is too gory are
just not prepared to deal with reality. In fact, I feel that
in order to portray the aspects of war, it should have had more
The movie was very attention-grabbing. It made you realize
how real war was. I enjoyed watching it and found that it had
a touching story. It was heartbreaking watching those men die
in battle. They put their lives on line, for us, for the people,
and I feel that if it takes gruesome scenes to get the point
across that war was real, then so be it.
Our generation has forgotten. We're not really aware of the
history of war.