As unnerving as it is illuminating, Restrepo is an intimate portrait of a platoon posted to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, one of the U.S. Army’s most dangerous assignments. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington allow us unfettered access to soldiers and their anxious day-to-day existence.
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Restrepo deals with one of the saddest subjects I can think of. Young people killing young people. Humanity destroying itself. This is a grim documentation on the horrors of war and the bonds created out of desperation for survival. This is a stunningly evokative film. It's truely shocking when one of the soldiers was smiling while describing the death his comrade, as if he realized the absurdity of his situation.
This dangerous documentary somehow manages to capture simultaneously the brotherhood between soldiers, the tragedy of loss on both sides (there's one particularly heart-breaking scene where they hit a house from an aerial strike and go to investigate the wreckage, they fling open a door and its a bunch of young children who are huddle together bleeding and injured), while showing us the insanity and confusion of War.
A powerful and incisive look at US soldiers' lives while fighting in Afghanistan. Refreshingly without agenda, the film objectively observes, offering a rare and fascinating look inside the Afghan conflict.
Documentary about endless war against shepherds, civilian, militia, in a sovereign country invaded by a bunch of "cowboy" volunteers.
Those people should ask: "What am i doing here?", instead of shoot to hundreds meters far targets. Everything without beeing aware of what they are doing or shooting at.
The footage is great. I was thinking that the director didn't matter, but I was wrong. The director pulled it together nicely.
As for the politics. I appreciate the non-political tone of the movie. But it's really funny to see people comment and say how "sad" the movie is. It's sad because you allow it all to happen. If you live in a democracy, then why is it happening? Hillary Obama Bush who gives a shit
I actually found this to be somewhat pat, and mildly exploitative - soldiers either stare moon-facedly into the camera as they talk about their fears and fallen comrades, or they slap each other's asses, get drunk, and talk about buttsex back in the States. Great footage and good interviews, but it feels like a forced duality-of-man picture cooked up in an ivory tower.
Restrepo shows contradictions of counterinsurgency doctrine in practice with soldier's "neocolonial framing of the Other as someone who should be grateful". Film was marketed as apolitical in intent and tried to depict the experience of American soldiers solely. There are no surprises: no soldier cares about what exactly are they doing, nor about other's people perspectives.