Restrepo 2010

Restrepo

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Forsaking narrative structure for pure visceral power, Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War.

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Photographer Tim Hetherington and journalist Sebastian Junger allow the realities of war to speak for themselves in this unnarrated documentary about a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan. The men of Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade teeter from naivete to weariness as months of alternating boredom and fighting take their toll. The loss of medic Juan "Doc" Restrepo leads the platoon to name an outpost in the remote Korengal Valley after him.

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Critic Reviews for Restrepo

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (113) | Rotten (5)

  • Restrepo avoids political discussion. It just revels in the heroism of these impossibly young, brave soldiers who follow orders that at times seem pointless because following them is what their country has asked them to do.

    January 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Restrepo is an exercise in visceral intimacy.

    October 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a scary, moving and troubling film.

    October 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Film doesn't get more relevant.

    October 7, 2010 | Rating: 5/5
  • The camera lingers on the soldiers' smiles and tears and shows the human face of military tactics which reduce people to chess pieces.

    October 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

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  • At this point in all our Middle Eastern conflicts, we need more from a documentary than just a grunts-eye-view of the frustrating nature of the war.

    August 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Restrepo

  • Dec 10, 2013
    Solid documentary describing one of the lesser-known hardships of the Afghan War. Worth seeing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2013
    War documentaries aren't all that new, since news reels have been played in the beginning of penny shows at the start of the twenties, but this is so obtuse and discomforting. It's of this time, it revolves around people that are close to our hearts, and more horrifying they have been there for a long time. Journalist Sebastian Junger and filmmaking partner Tim Hetherington spent years shadowing a platoon in the infamous Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous places in any war zone. Surrounded by the enemy at all times, the men go through a spectrum of attacks and retribution just to seize this bit of territory from Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and possibly kill the men who killed their own. Their squad leader, barely distinguishable from his young squadron, tries to find common ground with the local sages, but time and again cultural barriers turn the tides, including the death of a cow in their fencing. The platoon early on loses a medic named Restrepo, who they name their Observational Point after. Building the OP in itself is difficult thanks to the frequent firefights that come with the cursing of broken down soldiers. More than one time the soldiers are seen in the outpost firing at some unseen entity, cursing and cajoling their fellow soldiers into action. They do joke around quite a bit as well, and turn to one another for comfort through humor at the worst of times but most of the time it's all grief, travesty, and horror. At one point in the film a solider is cut down by gunfire and a fellow soldier cries out in horror for a long while as the others try to get him to keep fighting. Their leader bucks them up, and turns the unseen forces around them into an enemy based on the hatred the soldiers feel at losing their friends. It becomes an unending cycle, and by the end you're happy that they have gotten out, as unnerving and traumatic as it was for them. Very well put together, edited, and composed, this is a true look at the state of Afghanistan's relations with US soldiers and the situation there. This is more about relations than the horrors of war, which are all the more impactful thanks to soldier's interviews with the directors afterwards. It's just a riveting watch, for anyone out there limiting themselves on the debate of the war.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    Restrepo is a visceral, powerful documentary on the war in Afghanistan, but I found it to be way over-hyped. It wasn't as powerful or as war-like as I expected it to be, but that put aside, I felt that the film did a good job of documenting the terror, and the camaraderie that these people felt. Beautifully shot, well edited, insightful and exciting, Restrepo is one of the better war documentaries.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2012
    sad that Hetherington was killed in Libya last year... in Restrepo, he does an amazing job experiencing and capturing the intense reality of actual soldiers stationed in the Korengal Valley, a place that provides little-to-no natural protection from one's enemies.
    Lily L Super Reviewer

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