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seen_VBN
august_NP
6_CD
,_,
6_CD
at_IN
6_CD
p_NN
._.
m_NN
._.
at_IN
rotterdam_NP
square_NN
cinemas_NN
(_(
rotterdam_NP
,_,
ny_NP
)_)
,_,
theater_NN
#_???
6_CD
,_,
by_IN
myself_PPX
for_IN
free_JJ
using_VBG
my_PP$
sony_NP
/_SYM
loews_NP
critic_NN
's_POS
pass_NN
._.
[_???
theater_NN
rating_NN
:_:
*_???
*_???
*_???
:_:
good_JJ
seats_NNS
,_,
sound_NN
,_,
and_CC
picture_NN
]_???
war_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
topic_NN
that_CS
can't_MD
help_VB
but_CC
be_BE
glorified_JJ
any_DT
way_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
portrayed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
media_NN
._.
movies_NNS
,_,
documentaries_NNS
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
history_NN
books_NNS
have_HV
a_DT
way_NN
of_IN
making_VBG
the_DT
darker_JJR
side_NN
of_IN
humanity_NN
exciting_JJ
since_CS
the_DT
most_DT
general_JJ
aspects_NNS
are_BER
focused_VBN
on_IN
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
strategy_NN
,_,
politics_NN
,_,
and_CC
victory_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
easy_JJ
to_TO
forget_VB
war_NN
,_,
in_IN
its_PP$
most_DT
basic_JJ
form_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
battle_NN
of_IN
armies_NNS
out_RP
to_IN
slaughter_NN
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
forgotten_VBN
more_DT
easily_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
each_DT
soldier_NN
,_,
no_DT
matter_NN
what_WDT
his_PP$
rank_NN
or_CC
importance_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
real_JJ
flesh-and-blood_NN
person_NN
and_CC
not_XNOT
just_RB
a_DT
number_NN
._.
"_"
saving_NN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
one_PN
of_IN
the_DT
few_DT
films_NNS
that_CS
dares_VBZ
play_NN
up_RP
this_DT
aspect_NN
,_,
especially_RB
in_IN
its_PP$
unapologetic_JJ
,_,
realistic_JJ
delivery_NN
._.
it_PP
proves_VBZ
there_RB
's_CD
a_DT
huge_JJ
difference_NN
between_IN
battling_VBG
and_CC
killing_VBG
._.
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
with_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
graphic_JJ
,_,
disturbing_JJ
scenes_NNS
in_IN
recent_JJ
memory_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
world_NN
war_NN
ii_CD
,_,
d-day_NP
to_IN
be_BE
exact_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
military_JJ
is_BEZ
invading_JJ
omaha_???
beach_NN
where_CS
the_DT
nazis_NNS
are_BER
more_DT
than_CS
ready_JJ
for_IN
them_PP
._.
spielberg_NP
uses_VBZ
many_DT
techniques_NNS
to_IN
create_VB
for_IN
a_DT
total_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
reality_NN
._.
instead_RB
of_IN
positioned_VBD
cameras_NNS
,_,
the_DT
footage_NN
here_RB
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
been_BEN
shot_VBN
by_IN
camera_NN
operators_NNS
running_VBG
alongside_IN
soldiers_NNS
as_IN
if_CS
they_PP
were_BED
just_RB
as_IN
scared_JJ
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
stability_NN
,_,
but_CC
of_IN
constant_JJ
,_,
anxious_JJ
,_,
and_CC
confusing_JJ
motion_NN
,_,
giving_VBG
us_PP
the_DT
feeling_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
the_DT
battle_NN
,_,
and_CC
just_RB
a_DT
vulnerable_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
poor_JJ
troops_NNS
._.
"_"
poor_JJ
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
proper_JJ
word_NN
to_IN
describe_VB
how_WRB
pathetic_JJ
and_CC
yet_RB
innocent_JJ
the_DT
men_NNS
fighting_VBG
are_BER
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
little_DT
to_TO
no_VB
dialogue_NN
throughout_IN
the_DT
loud_JJ
battle_NN
and_CC
no_DT
prologue_NN
to_IN
define_VB
any_RB
characters_NNS
._.
we_PP
don't_DO
get_VB
the_DT
feeling_NN
these_DT
are_BER
handsome_JJ
actors_NNS
playing_VBG
heroic_JJ
roles_NNS
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
these_DT
are_BER
men_NNS
about_IN
to_IN
kill_NN
and_CC
be_BE
killed_VBN
for_IN
reasons_NNS
beyond_IN
their_PP$
understanding_NN
._.
the_DT
nazis_NNS
are_BER
not_XNOT
portrayed_VBN
as_IN
enemies_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
hated_JJ
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
people_NN
that_CS
must_MD
be_BE
destroyed_VBN
because_CS
they're_???
there_EX
._.
in_CD
the_DT
movies_NNS
,_,
the_DT
good_JJ
guys_NNS
can_MD
run_VB
through_IN
a_DT
firestorm_NN
of_IN
bullets_NNS
and_CC
bombs_NNS
and_CC
not_XNOT
get_VB
a_DT
scratch_NN
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
reality_NN
that_CS
wouldn't_MD
happen_VB
._.
the_DT
men_NNS
have_HV
nothing_PN
to_TO
shield_VB
or_CC
protect_VB
them_PP
besides_RB
some_DT
metal_NN
flanks_NNS
and_CC
dead_JJ
bodies_NNS
._.
they_PP
are_BER
sitting_VBG
ducks_NNS
and_CC
we_PP
realize_VB
this_DT
through_IN
the_DT
perspective_NN
of_IN
the_DT
well-secured_JJ
germans_NNS
who_WP
can_MD
actually_RB
see_VB
who_WP
,_,
what_WDT
,_,
and_CC
where_CS
they're_???
shooting_NN
,_,
unlike_IN
the_DT
americans_NNS
who_WP
must_MD
fire_VB
in_IN
a_DT
general_JJ
direction_NN
to_IN
avoid_VB
getting_VBG
their_PP$
heads_NNS
blown_VBN
off_IN
._.
perhaps_RB
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
flawed_JJ
by_IN
not_XNOT
providing_VBG
any_DT
backstory_NN
on_IN
the_DT
war_NN
itself_PPX
and_CC
who_NP
the_DT
men_NNS
really_RB
are_BER
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
theme_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
rely_VB
on_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
's_POS
sense_NN
of_IN
patriotism_NN
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
american_JJ
military_JJ
is_BEZ
"_"
right_JJ
"_"
and_CC
good_JJ
and_CC
that_CS
the_DT
nazis_NNS
are_BER
"_"
inherently_RB
evil_JJ
._.
"_"
the_DT
battle_NN
scene_NN
eventually_RB
focuses_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
men_NNS
who_WP
have_HV
miraculously_RB
survived_VBN
and_CC
made_VBN
their_PP$
way_NN
close_RB
to_IN
the_DT
enemy_NN
stronghold_NN
(_(
a_DT
whole_JJ
50-foot_NN
progression_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
begin_VB
to_IN
inflict_VB
some_DT
damage_NN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
to_TO
admit_VB
that_DT
once_RB
the_DT
first_OD
glimpse_NN
of_IN
victory_NN
over_IN
the_DT
nazis_NNS
sprang_VBD
up_RP
,_,
i_PP
couldn't_MD
help_VB
but_CC
feel_VB
some_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
joy_NN
and_CC
relief_NN
._.
to_IN
triumph_NN
against_IN
all_PDT
odds_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
cliche_NN
to_IN
be_BE
sure_JJ
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
nothing_PN
cliche_NN
about_IN
the_DT
graphic_JJ
,_,
detailed_JJ
,_,
atmosphere_NN
here_RB
because_CS
it_PP
really_RB
happened_VBD
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
surprising_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
little_DT
story_NN
construction_NN
there_RB
is_BEZ
,_,
and_CC
yet_RB
the_DT
events_NNS
that_CS
take_VB
place_NN
make_VB
sense_NN
and_CC
are_BER
interesting_JJ
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
is_BEZ
practically_RB
irrelevant_JJ
since_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
concerned_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
reality_NN
of_IN
the_DT
war_NN
and_CC
the_DT
soldiers_NNS
we_PP
meet_VB
._.
tom_NP
hanks_NP
stars_NNS
as_IN
captain_NN
miller_NP
,_,
a_DT
relatively_RB
average_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
happens_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
leader_NN
of_IN
a_DT
platoon_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
never_RB
obsessive_JJ
or_CC
any_DT
such_DT
generic_JJ
,_,
cartoonish_JJ
characteristic_NN
that_CS
might_MD
dominate_VB
a_DT
character_NN
like_IN
this_DT
._.
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
want_VB
to_TO
be_BE
there_RB
any_DT
more_DT
than_CS
his_PP$
men_NNS
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
given_VBN
a_DT
mission_NN
he_PP
intends_VBZ
to_IN
carry_VB
it_NN
out_RP
._.
the_DT
mission_NN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
concerned_JJ
with_IN
is_BEZ
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
title_NN
states_NNS
,_,
saving_NN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
._.
through_IN
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
command_NN
started_VBD
by_IN
an_DT
ordinary_JJ
clerical_JJ
worker_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
brought_VBN
to_IN
a_DT
general_JJ
's_POS
attention_NN
that_CS
three_CD
brothers_NNS
from_IN
iowa_???
have_HV
been_BEN
killed_VBN
in_IN
action_NN
and_CC
their_PP$
mother_NN
will_MD
receive_VB
notices_NNS
of_IN
each_DT
's_BEZ
death_NN
simultaneously_RB
._.
when_CS
they_PP
learn_VB
a_DT
fourth_OD
brother_NN
is_BEZ
stationed_VBN
somewhere_RB
in_IN
europe_NP
,_,
they_PP
make_VB
it_PP
a_DT
top_NN
priority_NN
to_IN
have_HV
him_PP
returned_VBN
safely_RB
to_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
easy_JJ
to_TO
sympathize_VB
with_IN
this_DT
situation_NN
,_,
after_IN
all_PDT
,_,
no_DT
one_CD
should_MD
have_HV
to_TO
lose_VB
all_PDT
their_PP$
children_NNS
at_IN
once_RB
._.
but_CC
finding_VBG
one_CD
man_NN
in_IN
this_DT
war_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
as_CS
miller_NP
puts_VBZ
it_PP
,_,
"_"
like_IN
trying_VBG
to_IN
find_NN
a_DT
needle_NN
in_IN
a_DT
stack_NN
of_IN
needles_NNS
._.
"_"
the_DT
saving_NN
of_IN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
isn't_BEZ
just_RB
a_DT
dramatic_JJ
device_NN
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
thematic_JJ
one_CD
._.
his_PP$
salvation_NN
represents_VBZ
the_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
innocence_NN
the_DT
country_NN
,_,
the_DT
world_NN
even_RB
,_,
was_BEDZ
trying_VBG
to_IN
convince_VB
itself_PPX
it_NN
still_JJ
had_HVD
._.
when_CS
miller_NP
's_POS
company_NN
hears_VBZ
of_IN
the_DT
mission_NN
,_,
they_PP
scoff_NN
at_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
assuming_VBG
he_PP
is_BEZ
dead_JJ
,_,
but_CC
miller_NP
isn't_BEZ
so_RB
quick_JJ
to_IN
shrug_NN
it_PP
off_RP
._.
he_PP
knows_VBZ
the_DT
only_RB
thing_NN
that_CS
can_MD
really_RB
save_VB
soldiers_NNS
from_IN
death_NN
is_BEZ
hope_NN
,_,
and_CC
now_RB
he_PP
has_HVZ
the_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
make_VB
someone_PN
's_POS
sense_NN
of_IN
hope_NN
a_DT
reality_NN
._.
the_DT
mission_NN
to_IN
find_VB
ryan_NP
gives_VBZ
miller_NP
's_POS
group_NN
a_DT
destination_NN
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
direction_NN
._.
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
many_DT
things_NNS
happen_VB
to_IN
them_PP
,_,
both_RB
good_JJ
and_CC
bad_JJ
._.
a_DT
few_DT
battles_NNS
are_BER
fought_VBN
,_,
not_XNOT
to_TO
be_BE
major_JJ
accomplishments_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
war_NN
,_,
but_CC
because_CS
they_PP
encounter_VB
german_JJ
soldiers_NNS
and_CC
have_HV
no_DT
other_JJ
choice_NN
._.
the_DT
act_NN
of_IN
killing_NN
itself_PPX
becomes_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
major_JJ
philosophical_JJ
metaphors_NNS
._.
the_DT
soldiers_NNS
don't_DO
mind_VB
killing_NN
other_JJ
soldiers_NNS
in_IN
blind_JJ
battle_NN
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
they_PP
come_VB
across_IN
a_DT
lone_JJ
survivor_NN
who_WP
begs_VBZ
them_PP
to_TO
let_VB
him_PP
go_VB
,_,
they_PP
can_MD
barely_RB
stop_VB
themselves_PPX
from_IN
killing_VBG
him_PP
in_IN
cold_JJ
blood_NN
as_IN
some_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
vengeance_NN
for_IN
their_PP$
losses_NNS
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
death_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
fact_NN
of_IN
war_NN
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
films_NNS
try_VB
to_IN
avoid_VB
it_NN
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
but_CC
here_RB
spielberg_NP
doesn't_DOZ
want_VB
us_PP
to_IN
think_NN
these_DT
men_NNS
are_BER
invincible_JJ
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
only_RB
a_DT
small_JJ
amount_NN
of_IN
color_NN
and_CC
personality_NN
is_BEZ
sketched_VBN
into_IN
each_DT
man_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
performances_NNS
are_BER
good_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
make_VB
this_DT
method_NN
work_NN
._.
although_CS
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
somewhat_RB
typical_JJ
,_,
the_DT
actors_NNS
maintain_VB
control_NN
over_IN
the_DT
material_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
time_NN
._.
whether_CS
they're_???
arguing_VBG
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
,_,
telling_VBG
stories_NNS
of_IN
back_NN
home_NN
,_,
or_CC
fighting_NN
the_DT
germans_NNS
,_,
they_PP
never_RB
go_VB
overboard_RB
and_CC
always_RB
seem_VB
believable_JJ
._.
sure_JJ
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
zinger_NN
here_RB
and_CC
there_RB
,_,
but_CC
war_NN
doesn't_DOZ
change_VB
the_DT
fact_NN
boys_NNS
will_MD
be_BE
boys_NNS
._.
if_CS
and_CC
when_CS
one_CD
dies_VBZ
we_PP
too_RB
can_MD
feel_VB
the_DT
loss_NN
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
we_PP
hardly_RB
knew_VBD
them_PP
._.
the_DT
final_JJ
act_NN
brings_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
full_JJ
circle_NN
with_IN
another_DT
tremendous_JJ
,_,
violent_JJ
battle_NN
sequence_NN
._.
private_JJ
ryan_NP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
found_VBN
,_,
but_CC
facing_VBG
four_CD
to_IN
one_CD
odds_NNS
,_,
can_MD
the_DT
americans_NNS
defeat_NN
the_DT
germans_NNS
and_CC
keep_VB
ryan_NP
alive_JJ
?_?
that_CS
's_NNS
not_XNOT
a_DT
premise_NN
for_IN
thrills_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
symbolic_JJ
of_IN
everything_PN
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
worked_VBN
for_IN
._.
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
wrong_JJ
to_TO
say_VB
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
either_RB
a_DT
happy_JJ
or_CC
sad_JJ
ending_NN
,_,
it_PP
ends_VBZ
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
must_MD
end_VB
._.
i_PP
remember_VB
reading_VBG
a_DT
"_"
calvin_NP
&_???
hobbes_NNS
"_"
comic_NN
strip_NN
where_CS
calvin_NP
asked_VBD
his_PP$
dad_NN
something_PN
like_IN
,_,
"_"
dad_NN
,_,
how_WRB
do_DO
armies_NNS
of_IN
men_NNS
killing_VBG
each_DT
other_JJ
solve_VB
problems_NNS
?_?
"_"
"_"
saving_NN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
adult_NN
version_NN
of_IN
that_DT
question_NN
._.
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