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Korengal finds documentarian Sebastian Junger taking another clear-eyed -- and poignantly thought-provoking -- look at the human cost of modern warfare.



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KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off: the same valley, same men, but a very different look at the experience of war. KORENGAL not only shows what war looks like, but how war works and what it means to the young men who fight it. While one soldier cheers when he kills the enemy, another asks if God will ever forgive him for the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of a friend, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended, and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as RESTREPO, KORENGAL gives audiences a front row view into the world of combat. (C) Saboteur Media

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  • Most fascinating is the seemingly unanimous feeling that while deployment in Korengal was hard and heartbreaking, these veterans would do it all again just to stay together, to remain brothers who mutually understand something no on else will ever know.

    Jul 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • Not quite a coda to Sebastian Junger's and Tim Heatherington's...Restrepo - more of a commentary track, or a series of annotations.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In a series of expertly edited interviews conducted with infantrymen on their way home after a year in the Korengal Valley, Junger exposes us to the war's psychological toll.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Restrepo" felt like the story of how boys become men. "Korengal" feels like the story of how strangers become family.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Those of us who haven't served on active duty can't know what it's like. Taken together, "Restrepo" and "Korengal" brings us about as close to the experience as we can, or would want, to get.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a tribute to the courage, tenacity and sorrow of the men with their boots on the ground in a place very far away.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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A good follow-up to Restrepo. Worth checking out if you liked the first film.

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