Reality of the Brutality.

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Reality of the Brutality

How could a war that killed more people, destroyed more property, disrupted more lives, and probably had more far-reaching consequences than any other war in history be reenacted on screen? World War II was a war that hit home to many people, with battlefields stretching nearly across the world. Troops fought in the steaming jungles of Southeast Asia, in the deserts of northern Africa, and on islands in the Pacific Ocean. Battles were waged on frozen fields in the Soviet Union, below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, and in the streets of many European cities. Even with these unimaginable terms, screenwriters still seem to find a way to try to depict the horror of the war. A sensation that has crossed America and Europe since World War II is the portrayal of these tragedies. Movie goers of all kinds steer their way into theatres to view many box office hits such as Saving Private Ryan, and Pearl Harbor, but are these people really getting their money's worth? Many movies today mislead individuals into thinking war is something completely different in a movie, than reality, and the ideas they put into many people's minds leave them misinformed about war.

Though their concepts of war may be similar to that of historical value, none of the movies have been able to completely touch on the full reality of World War II.

Some fighting scenes in few box office hits have actually touched a comparison to reality. One brought to the mouths of many veterans would be that of Saving Private Ryan, a successful hit in 1998. The movie revolves around a man named Captain John Miller, who is forced to send his men past enemy lines to retrieve a soldier. The journey takes the...