Saving Private Ryan (Saving Private Ryan (Special Limited Edition)


This is a great movie and particularly around Veteranís Day. I saw it when it came out in 1998 but thought that because of the great deal of realistic violence it was something Iíd never review for this site.  I just saw it again and realized that for this forum the message is wrapped up in penultimate challenge issued by Captain Miller.

The movie is loaded with great actors; Vin Diesel, Edward Burns, Ted Danson, Paul Gaimatti, and others. The movie starts with Mr. James Ryan and his family visiting a military cemetery where Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is buried. Ryan alone approaches the grave and the flashback begins:

It is June 6, 1944 and Captain Miller and his squad have landed on Omaha Beach with thousands of other U.S. soldiers where they face German artillery fire as they disembark from their landing crafts. Thousands are killed. One of the dead is the third Ryan brother to die in battle that week, and upon the report of his death to the Army Chief of Staff, Captain Miller and his men receive the assignment to locate the remaining Ryan brother, Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), and bring him safely home.

Captain Miller and his men must navigate their way through the French country side filled with German troops to reach Private Ryan and bring him to safety. When they find him, he refuses to leave his unit that has been given an assignment to protect one of the last two bridges available for allied forces use. To fulfil their mission Captain Millerís squad remains to help defend the bridge along with Ryanís unit. The bridge is saved at the last minute as allied forces and air cover arrive just in time, but not before Captain Miller and most of his squad are killed. At the movieís end a dying Captain Miller tells Private Ryan to "Earn this." It is clear that Captain Miller is talking about the lives of he and his men, all for Ryanís sake.

And as we come back to the present, Mr. Ryan now reflects on his life while standing at Captain Millerís grave and turns to his wife for reassurance that he has in fact lived a good life. We never know what type of life Mr. Ryan has lived, but we do know that the real heros were the ones who died to ensure that he had the opportunity.

And it is the same with Jesus. No matter how we chose to live, we have the freedom to do so because of His life and death and resurrection.

He lived a sin-free life that entitled Him to die for us and receive the hell that was ours.

He accepted death when He could have called a thousand angels to rescue Him.

He rose from the dead to administer His the covenant between He and the Father ensuring that we have all that was His.

It is something we could never earn, but we did not have to. All is ours only to receive (John 17:5-26). 


Matthew 10:8 (KJV) Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Romans 3:23-26 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; {24} Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: {25} Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; {26} To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 8:31-32 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? {32} He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

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