Restrepo Reviews

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October 24, 2019
Restrepo does well to show the hell of war and the destruction it will bring upon the lives of so many young men.
August 29, 2018
It's been a long time since journalists have shown combat so close up; it's possible that it has never been shot so intimately. There's nothing prurient or exploitative or glorifying or even editorial about it. The camera is there. We are there.
December 14, 2017
The unnerving thousand-yard-stare of McDonaugh is impressively disturbing, but the constant anxious smile of Cortez carries a haunting emotional impact.
November 16, 2017
Junger and Hetherington developed a deep sense of connection with these young men... The connection is what gives this film such power. This is war. There's no political viewpoint, no narration... you're just there with the soldiers.
March 16, 2015
No one in Restrepo analyzes the war in Afghanistan in political terms or even describes it in terms of goals larger than the day-to-day mission. And yet, simply by bearing witness, the movie is a call to action.
November 13, 2013
its most emotionally raw moments are indicative of their military subjects' exceptional comfort level with their observers ( ... ) the arid yet woody outcroppings high above the valley are an intriguing new terrain
February 20, 2011
Restrepo succeeds as both a remarkable piece of cinma vrit documentary filmmaking and a tribute to the soldiers who are put through hell.
February 7, 2011
Restrepo captures the physical trauma and psychological torment that forms the essence of the 'War is Hell' mantra, regardless of which flag you fight under.
February 1, 2011
Everything about the way this film is shot, edited and packaged scream of a desire to show the war exactly as it is.
January 31, 2011
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 27, 2011
Though the movie tries not to make any kind of commentary, it's clear: this is just another reminder as to the utter pointlessness of this war.
January 26, 2011
"Restrepo" puts a new face on the war in Afghanistan. A decidedly American face. Paul Chambers, CNN.
December 28, 2010
Reminds us that wars are fought by individuals, not faceless armies.
December 26, 2010
Despite being a moving reminder to support our troops, Restrepo cannot help but be "Exhibit A" in the case against the unwinnable "War on Terror."
November 26, 2010
Restrepo comes closest of any film I've seen to fully suggesting what being a soldier is like.
November 22, 2010
The madness of warfare is starkly presented here, as dozens of questions potentially run through the viewer's mind.
November 15, 2010
Despite disclaimers by the directors that this is not a "political" movie, "Restrepo" is one damned good reason to get the hell out of Afghanistan NOW.
October 20, 2010
With daredevil camera work and a real empathy for soldiers, this documentary film makes you feel like you are inside a G.I.'s uniform in Afghanistan's Korangal Valley.
October 18, 2010
[Achieves] level of visceral intensity that rivals the jacked-up, heart-in-mouth tension that was previously the preserve of the best fiction film-makers.
October 12, 2010
Captures the complex human face of modern warfare.
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