How effectively does the opening sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" convey the sadness and horror of war?

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All the crosses are in a perfect line, uniform and pure white, this is a huge dissimilarity to the reality of war. It all looks very peaceful. This contrast is highlighted in the next scene. One word that could be used to describe the second scene is: hell. The boats the soldiers arrive on are dull and create an air of foreboding, almost like a purgatory for the hell that awaits them...
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As soon as the doors open you see this hell: a dark, desolate seascape filled with jagged metal crosses. Bullets rain down creating a real atmosphere as sand and blood flies everywhere blocking soldiers' vision and ultimately killing them. The grey bunkers that the bullets rain down from are like the devil's henchmen punishing the sinners...
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