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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.
Painful, but essential viewing.
So sad to recall this incredible movie since Tim Hetherington was killed.
Touching story of U.S soldiers fighting in the Korengal Valley.
Gritty and desolate slice of hell captured by people with balls of steel.
Fuck that valley.
Harrowing, well directed, well shot and with enough atmosphere to put any scripted war movie to shame.
Poignant and thoughtful, but I have mixed feelings about the style and pacing of the movie.
Restrepo is the real deal of The Hurt Locker. This is an actual event that took place in Iraq with real soldiers remembering the experiences they had with war.
Final Ranking: 94%
Final Grade: A
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