People who actually fought in the Normandy Invasion had some reservations with the film.
Paul Fussell who was there on Normandy beach and became a professor after the war said, “the way Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, after an honest, harrowing, 15-minute opening visualizing details of the unbearable bloody mess at Omaha Beach, degenerated into a harmless, uncritical patriotic performance apparently designed to thrill 12-year-old boys during the summer bad-film season. Its genre was pure cowboys and Indians, with the virtuous cowboys of course victorious.”
Filmer director Oliver Stone, who also has made war movies and served in war himself said that he made Platoon so that the public would remember the war in Vietnam.
“In Saving Private Ryan, you saw the worship of World War II as the good war,” Stone said, “Gladiator in 2001 was part of that war mindset. By the time of the Iraq War, we were ready to go back.”
“America loves war, America depends on war, and so does its industry,” said the director.
The movie made a generation of youngsters crave a new war adventure and a decade later some of them signed up and found out what war was really about for themselves.