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, Korengal…  See more details below

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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, 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:
0829567074220
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Time:
1:33:00

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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

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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Restrepo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Irishzig14 More than 1 year ago
Restrepo is an amazing documentary that gives insight into the experience of depoloyment. There is no narrator, only the footage from Korengal Valley and the interviews of the soldiers following their deployment; it's a raw, matter-of-fact film that is meant to pull viewers in to experience "Death Valley for 90 minutes. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially those who know someone in the military. My husband is in the air force and it was interesting to get his take on the film and how it compared to his own deployments. This is a remarkable look into those who serve our country in the military and how they handle it. Thank you to all those serving in the U.S. military!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this doc. is very good!! when i saw the trailer i thought i had to get this movie. when i got it i fell in love with it, the action of the men and women fighting over there it really grabs my attention and draws me to watch it again. there are scenes of fighting when they are on patrol walking around villages looking for the Taliban and other terrorist groups and you see them fighting at Restrepo and seeing the ah-64 apaches and a-10s rolling in guns hot. The movie also has sad parts as well which im not going to say on here. The movie is very moving and touching at the sametime. it deals on what they had over there and also what the dealt back home. those men are the most brave men that could have done the job any military branch could do the job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when a friend came home from Iraq and suggested that I watch it, as every American should. It was extremely insightful into the day to day of the said location. My heart goes out to the soldiers who were involved in the making of this documentary, as well as all of those who've served our country.
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Horatio_Bootblack More than 1 year ago
I ran across this movie by accident, but am extremely greatful I did. This is an excellent and impressively open examination of the lives of a group of young men in the far reaches of Afghanistan fighting the so-called War on Terrorism. The filmmakers did an amazing job with telling the story of this group of young men, and the harsh realities and difficulties they faced, and is one of the best war documentaries I have seen from any time period. The level of emotion and openness of the troops is heart wrenching at times, as is the frustration with some of the perceived solutions offered to Afghanistan locals. This is all the more prescent with the Rolling Stone expose on the killing teams there. Regardless of your views on the War on Terorism or Afghanistan, this is a must see film! A+
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If you want to communicate with and understand the soldiers that come back from the middle east, outwardly injured or not, this movie is the path.
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