Sunday, February 13, 2011

Restrepo (2010)

Restrepo (2010)

Genre: Documentary
Director: Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington
Duration: 93 min.
Rating: 8.2/10

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan's most strategically crucial valleys reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of back breaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban.


Restrepo is a documentary by journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington.  It was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and is nominated for Best Documentary at the 83rd Academy Awards.

It is an intensely powerful closeup look at one platoon deep in the midst of the Afghan war.  What makes this film powerful is the raw footage from the front line, and the narrative remains neutral.  You get to see these young soldiers perform their duties without any preaching of pro or anti war.    


Guy Movie Blogger said...

This a hard-hitting movie. It's pretty desensitizing to see combat footage on the news every day, but watching this documentary makes you feel like you're right there fighting with the troops and the scene where one of their buds gets killed in the firefight is really emotional.

Good review mate!

The Angry Vegetarian said...

I love watching documentaries on Netflix, and luckily this showed up in my recommendations. This was a very gripping and moving documentary. I don't often bother my girlfriend with docs, but I made her watch this one.

Moviemonstrosity said...

A must see! Thanks!

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