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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.
«Oh, say, can you see by the dawn's early light....
blah blah blah
O'er the land of the free and the home of the braaaaave»
Watched in February 2011
Director Sebastian Junger spent over a year embedded with the Second Platoon, Battle company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, to them their full title, as they are posted to the Korangal Valley in Afghanistan. CNN declared the area the most dangerous place on the planet and the documentary highlights the dangers of the mission.
Filmed in Cinéma vérité style, there is little construct to the film as such as it follows the men as they head deeper into the valley and further into danger. Interspersed with the footage are talking heads with some of the troops recalling their time there. The Korangal is a a Taliban stronghold and the Brigade are under constant threat of attack, infact the…
Realistic, Informative. Ok.
Politics are seemingly absent in this film, but man that lingering camera sometimes gets you. The directors and editor are skilled at choosing the right time for a moment of quiet or for a moment of Eisensteinian association.
This is not a film that answers questions about the war between the USA and Afghanistan at large or even about whether this particular company helped or harmed the war on terror, the lifes of individuals or the fate of the Korengal valley. It is however a humane portrait of a year in the lifes, at witnessed through and visible in their eyes.
Shows more psychological damage than a hundred MichaelPeter BergBay films could. Fantastic realism into a lifestyle that's often spoken of in cliches.
A grippingly personalised account of a group of soldiers on an extended tour in the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan in 2007. De-politicised, de-contextualised, this is an excellent documentary of unforced humanity. We are so often presented with portraits of soldiers (particularly US) as remarkable or exceptional in their skills and at the extremities in their behaviours, that Restrepo seems almost like a betrayal of that popularised assumption. These are young adults with vulnerable hearts and simple aspirations, in situations of peril that can only be destructive other than to the bonds they form with each other. That we can relate to them, sympathise with them, and pity their employment for the most callously spurious (my projection, not the film's) of causes is a huge credit to an excellent film from the late Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.
I've been meaning to watch this for ages, since I knew someone at NatGeo who was involved with the making of the film. I got about halfway through, and I realized I just couldn't bring myself to watch the rest of it. I'm sure the story of these kids is one that should be told, but not having any military experience (or even in my immediate family), I found it very hard to relate, and incredibly depressing to watch. Maybe I need to re-visit it on a better day, but being honest with myself, I probably never will.
A solid, interesting documentary. It is hard to say wether the baby-faced, painfully young soldiers we see are an encouragement or a liability, in consideration of our military prowess. Certainly the men portrayed here are earnest, brave, devoted. But are they our best men? Will they make the right choices under stress? Are they the sharpest shooters we have? No. They are just Americans, fighting, and that alone is a beautiful thing to see. The fact of its making, too, is impressive, given the danger of the location. The camera is always in the thick of things. And if we know Tim Hetherington, the cameraman's, fate, we can understand his devotion to portraying the story truthfully.
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