How SAVING PRIVATE RYAN deceives and desensitizes us to battlefield suffering (film analysis)

Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is often hailed as a “realistic” war movie. In this video essay, Rob Ager analyzes several of the film’s battle scenes to demonstrate how Spielberg shocks us with brutal fight scenes early on then dials back the violence later in the film, ultimately desensitizing us to the horrors of war by the end of the film.


Tom Hanks


Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan