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One platoon, one valley, one year
Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, Restrepo chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon of courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.
¨My personal low point? - Rock Avalanche, I saw a lot of professional tough guys go weak in the knees.¨
Restrepo is one of the five pictures nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars and it also won the Grand Jury Prize in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It`s beautifully directed and filmed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (writer of The Perfect Storm). The huge success of this film and what separates it from the hundreds of other war pictures is that Junger puts us right in the middle of the action without any political agenda. He simply decides to film these groups of soldiers who have been deployed to one of the most dangerous locations in Afghanistan and…
A personal and tense look at the lives of military men stationed in the Korengal Valley, the most dangerous location in Afghanistan. The common routine of soldiers seemed to primarily be equal parts empty down time and equal parts firefights with hidden, unseen insurgents. One soldier claims to have been in firefights 5-6 times a day. I can't even begin to imagine how unnerving daily life must have been, but the impact that their tour has left on the psyches of the surviving soldiers is incredibly evident in their debriefing interviews.
Structurally as a film, though, this constant shift between quiet downtime and firefight sometimes causes the tone of the film to fluctuate, and I felt my interest sometimes waning…
An unvarnished view of the war in afghanistan. You watch a bunch of well-meaning soldiers serve in an outpost in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. You see them struggle with the local insurgents and accidentally kill local civilians.
It's a pretty unflattering view of the conflict, and should be required viewing before you make up your mind on the merits, or otherwise, of continued presence in Afghanistan.
Interesting, but not particularly illuminating until the final caption tells you that the US withdrew from the Korengal Valley in 2010 and that nearly 50 US soldiers died there. It's unclear what, if anything, we accomplished in 14 years of combat operations, and this film has nothing to say about that one way or the other.
As someone who is generally anti-war, this film is appalling. As a human, it's devastating. Despite not making any sweeping political assertions or global statements, Restrepo feels like a call to action regardless. It's so devastating for the sole reason that it recognizes that soldiers are, indeed, human beings.
"I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends."
Restrepo is a decent doc about the men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and what they went through in one of the deadliest valleys in Afghanistan. When it's all over one can't help but question should they have been there in the first place? In my opinion no!
Captures the borrow of war.
An excellent but harrowing documentary following a group of soldiers deployed in the Korangal Valley in Afghanistan in 2007. The documentary follows what they do as a platoon, their struggles, their comradery , and unfortunately their losses.
It's also an extremely interesting look into the culture of the Afghani people.
War is hell, folks.
Raw & intense Afghan War documentary. Your heart will beat nervously nearly the entire time. Guaranteed to blow you away.
Invaluable look into the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan, that gives them the opportunity to share their story and experience.
an unsettling anthropology of the modern combat soldier as witnessed on the fiercest of battlegrounds, absent of ideology or grandstanding, their daily lives come into clear and immediate focus, visceral in every sense of the term
This documentary is guaranteed to have your eyes superglued to the screen. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington teaches the audience a lesson of brotherhood and the reality of war in their high stakes war documentary. Chronicling the relationship of a platoon sent to the Korengal Valley, the film explores how war itself affects everyone involved including the civilians caught in the crossfire. Its unbiased view in the war zone is something that is very hard to find in the media today.
The film is named after the small strategic outpost that was in turn named after the first of the platoon's men to die, PFC Juan S. Restrepo. The films shots are extremely well placed and are not solely focused…
RIP Tim Hetherington
Real life hurt locker
It's all about the close-ups here. They say it all.
The doc is filled with great, candid footage from Afghanistan (which is jarring sometimes because of how unfamiliar it seems, considering how long this war has been going on and how detached the footage shown on the news nomally feels). But this isn't a political or even anti-war movie. Not exactly. It's about THIS platoon of guys and how the experience of war affects them. It's about how they cope with and process it.
That's where the close-ups come in. The interviews here really are just talking heads, in the purest sense of the phrase. Sometimes the camera's so zoomed in that the whole frame is a face. This movie…
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