49- Restrepo [7.5]

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Restrepo is an incredibly intimate portrayal of the Afghan war that, regardless of your thoughts on the subject, will likely move you in some fashion. Going into the film, I had no idea what I was in for. How all of this footage was shot is beyond me. In one scene, a soldier speaks of the psychological damage he and the members of his platoons have suffered, and how there aren’t sufficient studies done yet to help them. The looks on their faces are enough to fill you with dread.

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2 responses to “49- Restrepo [7.5]”

  1. mcarteratthemovies says :

    Ordinarily I do not cotton to war films (excluding “Apocalypse Now”) or documentaries, but there’s something about “Restrepo.” I think, as it is with most documentaries, it’s the talking head interviews that got to me. You have real people talking honestly about war, and you can see how battle wears them down.

  2. Castor says :

    I thought this was the best documentary of 2010. Obviously, the filmmakers shot this at great potential for bodily harm and I liked that this focused on the experience of the soldiers there rather than being a political or strategic view of the war.

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