There is a tendency amongst directors to try and represent the brutality of war as faithfully as possible. This can be seen in movies such as Enemy at the Gates, Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down. Over the years the movies have gotten more and more realistic in their depiction of that brutality and the conditions under which soldiers fight. The question I have is how much more realistic can they get?? Which each successive step in realism I leave that movie stunned from what I just saw. The director has achieved their desired result in depicting the horrors of war, which is good if that's what they intended. How much further can they take it though?? SPR seemed to be a leap forward in that realism... so much so that I have no desire to see the film again after just one viewing. Short of adding smell-o-vision (I have read from veterans that one of the most horrible parts of battle was the smell) what else can they do?? It does not seem like they are holding back in what they depict nor should they if that is the point they are trying to get across. Is the audience going to continue to be shocked or just become numb?? Just an observation. Flame away.