2010s Restrepo (2010)

Published on December 13th, 2010 | by Chris

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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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Description

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)
Brand: VIRGIL FILMS AND ENTERTAI
Manufacturer: Virgil Films and Entertainment
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Features

  • DOCUMENTARY
  • Run Time: 93
  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • R

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206 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of film, October 28, 2010
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Michael A. Duvernois (Madison, WI) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Restrepo (DVD)
Ninety minutes of the Afghan Korengal Valley, with no talking heads, no interviews, just the soldiers there in the valley. Named after an output named after a medic killed in the line of duty. This ties in rather strongly with WAR (Junger's War) which is also coverage of the same area of Afghanistan. It's an emotional film that tells the story of the soldiers posted there but leaves any and all interpretations to the viewer. It's one small, but very dangerous, piece of the war and needs no additional plot, or subplots, other than the daily life in the field.

I left the movie saying, "oh my, fifteen months." It's nearly inconceivable to me, fifteen months in such a place. A place few Americans could find on a map, and far fewer could explain the importance of. It's a must-see movie regardless of your politics.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French point of view, February 13, 2011
This review is from: Restrepo (DVD)
I finally managed to receive my restrepo copy in France because by the way, it was not in theater in France.
First, I was very surprised by the length of the deployment. 18 months ! It's eternity. French soldiers deployments length is between 4 or 6 moths. Such a long time in a country at war, constantly under enemy fire is probably very hard for the mind.
The documentary is really interesting and shows everything about thoses soldiers life, missions and mind. You can share their pain when they lost one of them, you can also share their "happiness" sometimes.
In France, we have no such documentaries about our soldiers in Afghanistan, because most of them are from the foreign legion or from some elite troops so they don't like to be filmed and because of this lack of images, french people can't really understand why our troops are dying in Afghanistan. In the meantime, when american people see Restrepo, they feel admiration for their troops and they support them more. In... Read more
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I lived it, November 21, 2010
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If you want to see a non-partisan film about the OEF experience. This is it.... there isn't a script. What you are seeing is real. The conclusion the viewer forms is his own based on the raw footage and his/her value system. I lived it and it helps explain my experience to my wife and family.

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Sgt. "Doc" Wilson
Veteran of OEF and the 173rd Airborne Brigade & 82 Airborne Division.
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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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