Restrepo – Documentary Review
Genre: wartime first-person, you are there but don’t want to be there documentary film
Starring: the Second Platoon
Directed by: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
For fans of: a morbid curiosity of what it would be like to be in the deadliest area of Afghanistan
ONE MINUTE SUMMARY
This movie is a vacillation between taking enemy fire and collaborating with the Afghani people. It is a highly intense, brutally honest look at what life is like for the men and women in the armed forces.
There is no doubt that this is real, and the documentarians are crazy for even attempting to make it. They put themselves in harms-way just as much as the soldiers.
THE AFGHANI PEOPLE
The only breaks from the gunfire are the times we get to meet the locals, who don’t understand why America has taken over their valley in the first place. The look as if they have all lived very hard lives. They are smart men, and they know how to get what they want. But they don’t want to fight, which is what America wants.
I may not have communicated this yet, but this is rough film to watch. It’s not gory, or explicit, or gratuitous. It’s just bare.
I guess somewhere had to be the deadliest place in Afghanistan. It happened to be Restepo.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5 out of 10