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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.
"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!
Restrepo documents the lives of a platoon in one of Afghanistan's deadliest valleys. The documentary includes some frighteningly honest footage of war and how difficult it is to be on the front line. However throughout the film I found myself thinking "Am I supposed to feel sorry for these men that chose to fight for their country?" Until I witness the horror of a "man down" situation. I did however, find the way some of the soldiers acted, as they were reeling off bullets absolutely disgusting. Laughing and joking isn't really the right attitude to have when killing people. I'm in two minds about this subject; Respect for the men and women that serve their countries but absolutely oppose war.
Out of an hour and a half there was only about 20 minutes that were worthwhile. Some moments were touching and heartfelt but not overly exciting or interesting.
No dic que no sigui bona però costa diferenciar-la de la resta. Fins passat 20 minuts no sabia si l'havia vista o no.
The documentary Restrepo was a renowned film. It cultivated my attention from the opening scene. It felt as if I was actually alongside these soldiers.
Maybe just kind of ehhhhh as a movie, but it's fascinating to see so much doc footage of actual combat from these recent conflicts.
An honest, unflinching look at what U.S. soldiers go through in Afghanistan. I can only say that I hope when we have the clarity of 20/20 hindsight we'll be able to say that our war in Afghanistan was just. Sadly, while watching this I got the feeling that we're going through Vietnam 2.0 rather than waging a justified war.
Gut wrenching and hard to watch at times as it shows what are soilders have to deal with over seas.
Very engaging doco, with a rather thin narrative, strung together by footage of soldiers bonding and harrowing interviews. It's an enthralling glimpse into a side of the Afghanistan War rarely seen.
I've been helping out on a similar documentary about Australia's involvement in the war, so this has further helped contextualize that everyday minutiae of the soldiers life during deployment that I could never dream of fully comprehending. Enlightening stuff.
A brutal look behind the lines in the war on terror. Watching these young men put themselves in harms way is inspiring and seeing the effects of losing one of their own is heart breaking.
Contains some very heavy scenes. A seemingly undistorted view of the war in Afghanistan.
The strength of this documentary lies in how it reports on a seriously controversial war with enormous restraint. The suffering on display is at times gut wrenching.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged