To create this point of view, Spielberg had to show us shots of Captain Miller looking at something and then shows us how the captain reacts to what the captain witnesses.
This subjective point of view, not only appears during the first epic battle scene but also in other battle scenes throughout the film. There is another remarkable battle scene later in the film where the soldiers encounter German troops in the bombed-out remains of a French town. Spielberg is keen to show the viewer that men who fight in the war put their life on the line for others, not for heroism, but because it is their duty to do so. He clarifies this point by using Captain Miller’s point of view. Miller is a delightful, soft-spoken individual that experiences the horrifying violence of the battle scene as he sees other soldiers lose their lives. As the leader of his group, Captain Miller lets us in on the importance of winning the war and at the same time shows the viewer on his determination to complete his mission of saving Ryan’s life so that he can go back home. One controlling motif in the film is the use of noise and silence. This motif is clearly brought out especially since Spielberg uses Captain Miller’s point of view. There are moments of blasting noise around the soldiers, especially during the battle scenes. In these moments, the soldiers have to carry on regardless of the fact that they cannot even hear themselves or their captain. During the battle, there are also moments when Miller is oblivious to all that is happening around him and even though he can see everything clearly, it seems like everything around him is on mute. This happens during the first battle scene on the beach where a soldier tries to ask him for orders, and he snaps out of the silence back to the noise.