2010s Restrepo (2010)

Published on December 13th, 2010 | by Chris


Restrepo (2010)

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...really what you should take away from this, not the firefights, not the political garbage or the policeman duties, but the emotions.

Restrepo (2010)This year's Restrepo is probably one of the best war-movie documentaries I've seen in a long time. In 2007, filmmakers Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger went to Afghanistan to embed with an Airborne platoon for an entire year, and condensed their efforts into a 90 minute masterpiece.

The focus is on an outpost on a former enemy hilltop position in the Korengal valley, which they named Restrepo in honor of their fallen comrade, medic Juan S. Restrepo. What you see is 90 minutes of about every possible emotion you might encounter in such a situation, switching between "on the ground" footage and sit-down interviews.

The fear, grief, anger, and the usual horsing around.... its all laid bare. That's really what you should take away from this, not the firefights, not the political garbage or the policeman duties, but the emotions. From the grief the men display after they lose another man during a mission, to the anger once the dust settles, the relief when they learn they're going home..... and of course the confusion and fear during some of the firefights. This is as real as it gets.

It is a bit slow at times, but then again it is a documentary. I guess its unavoidable. You'll also (if you're like me) come away with a feeling of anger and despair after watching them deal with the local elders, and that feeling that we should have learned this lesson already....

I'm not sure what else to say. It's somewhat difficult to write a review on something like this. There aren't any actors, story, special effects, or script. About the only thing I can say is that Hetherington and Junger have managed to capture the reality of life on the "front lines" (if you can even call it that) in such a way that when its over, you really appreciate what they're going through, because in a way, you've lived just a little bit of it with them.

Here's the official site: http://restrepothemovie.com/

and a couple of videos to chew on until you're able to see the real McCoy. I can't recommend it enough.

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RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action...

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Binding: Blu-ray
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Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Virgil Films and Entertainment
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  • Run Time: 93
  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary photo-journalism, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan war, January 19, 2015
Karl Weaver (California, USA) - See all my reviews
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With Restrepo, I seemed to achieve the impossible: travel backward in time. I first watched “Korengal”, released in 2014, and just now watched Restrepo, released in 2010.
These two films have been called an “imperishable record” of the war in Afghanistan. I had not realized what a tight connection there is between these films, as well as several other works cited below.
All of the photography for both films was shot on location in 2007-2008 by the photojournalist Tim Hetherington. Sebastian Junger accompanied Hetherington in this military-approved documentary. Demonstrating how real the dangers of war are, Hetherington subsequently died in 2011covering the civil war in Libya. The setting for both these films is the Korengal valley in Afghanistan, which is quite near the border with Pakistan and had been a significant Taliban stronghold, so when the military decided to establish a base there, it was definitely taking the fight to the enemy... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible documentary; highly recommended, August 14, 2015
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An absolutely incredible documentary I would recommend without hesitatiion. It is compelling, but the manner in which it is put together is what makes it so great. There is no emotional music soundtrack (uh oh, drums and low brass, something sinister is going to happen; uh oh, weepy strings, time to feel sad; oh good, happy music, I can smile now). The interviewer is never heard in the movie. The images during the deployment, and interviews with the soldiers afterwards, are what carry the film. It's not about the documentarian telling us all about himself, how he felt, editorializing, etc etc etc. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THE BOOK!!!! It provides much more backgound and detail, and you have a better understanding of (and appreciation for) what's going on in the film. A friend recommended this movie, so I got it from Netflix. I decided to buy it since I wanted to see it again. It is one of those rare documentaries which actually improves upon multiple viewings. {The... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Restrepo is real news about Afghanistan, October 25, 2014
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This is a great doc. on what was happening in Afghanistan during the time we, the US, was engage in more direct combat against the Taliban than just being military advisers. I always felt that we, the public citizens, where purposely left in the dark on what our troops were up against when deployed there and its fighting. So little news was ever put out by NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX too on exactly about our troops challenges in fighting against the Taliban over there. So little was ever mention on a day to day bases of the kind of combat going on there, rather most of it was directed to be as political as possible in either trashing President Obama or to support President Obama's strategy of troops deployment there. This doc. really gave me some insight what it is our troops are up against in their deployment and combat missions while in Afghanistan. There all Heroes in my book, best of the best. I gave it 4 stars because I thought this doc. should be 193 minutes long instead of 93... Read more
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Restrepo (2010) Chris

Summary: ...really what you should take away from this, not the firefights, not the political garbage or the policeman duties, but the emotions.


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5 Responses to Restrepo (2010)

  1. I am interested in watching this although I am not all too keen on documentaries normally but the way you describe it, it seems special. If they manage to get the conflicting emotions of the soldiers then I believe it is a valuable contribution.

  2. warmoviebuff says:

    Totally agree. Just reviewed it myself. Everyone should watch this movie if they want to know what American boys are going through in Vietnam. Policy makers should be required to watch it. BTW it can be seen instantly on Net Flix.

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  5. Great documentary in a long american tradition of portraying war from a personal perspective. May not suit all conservative war movie buffs but still represents »embedded journalism« as it was meant to be. Excellent!

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