Restrepo movie review: 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.
The buzz: Co-directed by veteran journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, “Restrepo” isn’t the sort of documentary that features a lot of background on the soldiers and their families or how they feel about serving their country. The Sundance award-winning movie simply shows the men focusing and shooting, occasionally broken up by post-war interviews with the soldiers about their service.
The verdict: A boom in the distance takes on startling realness in “Restrepo,” whose pulse-pounding urgency recalls the fear and anger captured so brilliantly in the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker.” The doc is nothing if not a triumph of access, even if the interviews pull us out of the combat experience. We see the dread of the men realizing even the best fighter can be killed, and we're there for their brief release during a spontaneous dance party when the bullets have quieted and the right song comes on. Mostly “Restrepo” is unfussy and unshakable, placing us in the center of a war zone to just watch what happens. Source: Metromix
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