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I'm not a film critic, but I'll tell you what I think about the movies I watch. I enjoy understanding the history behind the movies we watch, as well as the collaborative effort necessary to produce movies.

Restrepo


Restrepo

Filmed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger teamed up for this 2010 Academy Award nominated documentary about the Army outpost in the most deadly valley in Afghanistan. The film is an honest and painful look at the everyday struggles of the soldiers there. The footage was taken by the soldiers themselves as well as Hetherington and Junger who were embedded with the troops for a year.

This is a shockingly honest look at war and the young men who fight it. The footage taken in Afghanistan is mixed in with interviews with the soldiers who were there. Throughout the film the camera catch fierce fighting and the aftermath of these battles. This includes to loss of American soldiers and the thoughts of the men who served with them.

This was a powerful documentary that goes places not often seen by the public. Without being political, the film manages to give a clear picture of the struggles of the soldiers fighting overseas. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Filmmaker Tim Hetherington was committed to his art and this film is a great example. He would die in the Spring of 2011 while documenting the violent civil war in Libya.

Due to the real violence and candid interviews this is a movie for mature audiences only.

Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

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5 Comments on “Restrepo”

  1. Matt Stewart December 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM #

    It’s still on my list in Netflix, it’s an instant stream but for some reason I have just never gotten started!

    Good to hear the positive thoughts!

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  2. CMrok93 January 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    Just about perfect. Good review.

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    • jeffro517 January 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

      Thank you. It’s tough to review a film that deals strictly with reality.

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