Restrepo

Restrepo

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Director: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger

Cast: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger, Dan Kearney, Lamonta Caldwell

     
 

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Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington pay a visit to Afghanistan's Korengal Valley to spend a year with the Second Platoon, a besieged squadron who dubbed their stronghold Outpost Restrepo in honor of their fallen comrade PFC Juan Restrepo. An al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold, KorengalSee more details below

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Overview

Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington pay a visit to Afghanistan's Korengal Valley to spend a year with the Second Platoon, a besieged squadron who dubbed their stronghold Outpost Restrepo in honor of their fallen comrade PFC Juan Restrepo. An al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold, Korengal Valley sees some of the fiercest fighting in the War on Terror. At Outpost Restrepo, every shot fired is personal, and every target hit a gift to a fallen friend.

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Restrepo is such a battlefield immersion, it almost works against itself. It almost makes a person forget it's even a documentary, creating an expectation to see everything you'd see in a Hollywood war movie, including people dying onscreen. In fact, a soldier operating out of the Restrepo outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley does indeed die while the filmmakers' cameras are rolling nearby. It's just that Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger had too much respect for the soldier's dignity to include the footage in the final film. The filmmakers embed themselves with such gusto that it sets a new standard in shooting combat, but the majority of Restrepo is not about the surface-level thrill of bullets whizzing by the camera. Its heart and soul is to examine the unique circumstances of one of the most unforgiving battle fronts in American combat theater, and how soldiers with a range of different personalities respond to those circumstances. Because Hetherington and Junger also appreciate subtlety, they don't give us many "big moments" with these characters, moments orchestrated to manipulate us. Yet their small seeds of doubt, their minute indications of fear, and their palpable yearnings for home give these soldiers the kind of emotional depth most screenwriters work overtime to attain. Hetherington and Junger are smart to avoid taking their own position on the war, correctly recognizing that such a stance might hinder what they're trying to accomplish. And as much as they capture a disdain among troops for the enemies of America, they also show us the military's genuine attempts at positive outreach with ordinary Afghanis. The film has a tragic epilogue that occurs offscreen. Less than a year after Restrepo's theatrical release, Hetherington paid the ultimate price for his journalistic fearlessness, losing his life to a mortal shell in Libya.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0829567073322
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
2,843

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Extended Interviews; Updates on the Soldiers from Second Platoon, Battle Company; "Sleeping Soldiers" Photo Gallery; Public Service Announcements from IAVA, Operation Homefront and TAPS; Coming Attractions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Kearney Participant
Lamonta Caldwell Participant
Kevin Rice Participant
Misha C. Pemble-Belkin Participant
Kyle M. Steiner Participant
Aron Hijar Participant
Joshua A. McDonough Participant
Brendan C. O'Byrne Participant
Miguel Cortez Participant
Sterling J. Jones Participant

Technical Credits
Tim Hetherington Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Sebastian Junger Director,Cinematographer,Producer
John Battsek Executive Producer
Jake Clennell Cinematographer
Ruy Garcia Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Levine Editor
Nick Quested Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Restrepo
2. Scene 1 [7:39]
3. Scene 2 [4:53]
4. Scene 3 [6:15]
5. Scene 4 [8:59]
6. Scene 5 [6:39]
7. Scene 6 [6:08]
8. Scene 7 [9:43]
9. Scene 8 [7:45]
10. Scene 9 [11:21]
11. Scene 10 [7:09]
12. Scene 11 [14:27]
13. Scene 12 [2:32]

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