Poignant message

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 October, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to the letter from Angelo Paratico on the film, Saving Private Ryan, headlined, 'Film lacks sincere humanity' (South China Morning Post, September 25).

I think it was the best film I have watched this year. It was so realistic and had a meaningful message for the audience.

I don't think people have gone to watch it for the violent battle scenes.

Although there were many scenes which made me feel nauseous and uncomfortable, they were justifiable, because they showed the reality and the cruelty of war.

The images showing how awful war is linger long after you have left the auditorium.

The soldiers in this war gave their lives for a cause they believed in. Some of those sent to battle were only teenagers, as young as 17 and 18.

Women lost their husbands, children lost their fathers, parents lost their sons. Soldiers lost their limbs and so many lost their lives. Saving Private Ryan shows all these tragedies to the audience and enables us to think about war and the meaning of war.

Watching this film made me grateful that I am able to enjoy a peaceful life.

I do not agree with Mr Paratico that it was very one-sided.

Director Steven Spielberg makes it clear that all those involved in conflicts are victims, no matter which country they come from. He does not condemn the Germans. He is concerned with the suffering of all mankind.

For example, there is a scene where after landing on Omaha Beach, two American soldiers kill German prisoners of war and Tom Hanks, as US Army Captain Miller, stares at them with cold eyes.

Not only was Saving Private Ryan a very realistic film, but the acting was outstanding.




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