25restrepospan-thumbstandard Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, teamed with photographer Tim Hetherington to spend a year embedded with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, documenting the hard work, fear and brotherhood that come with repelling a deadly enemy. Hunkered down with the soldiers in one of the region's most strategic valleys, the filmmakers uncover the dark humor, sleepless surreality and constant anxiety of war in this Best Documentary winner at Sundance.
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The documentary "Restrepo," which follows a company of American soldiers in Afghanistan, has the spare, lyrical force of an elegy. Read the review
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At this point in all our Middle Eastern conflicts, we need more from a documentary than just a grunts-eye-view of the frustrating nature of the war.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
A look at both the tragic folly of war and the camaraderie of men under pressure, the documentary Restrepo holds both hope and horror.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
In hewing closely to the rhythms of war, Junger and Hetherington forgo different considerations about war.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
The reaction of a soldier to the death of another - unvarnished, disbelieving grief so raw it's difficult to watch - is among the most moving footage of war and its cost imaginable.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
After the recent avalanche of pundit-filled advocacy documentaries about health care, failing schools and environmental collapse, it's a bracing experience to be trusted to think for oneself.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
By keeping the focus solely upon the outpost and the soldiers who lived and fought there, the co-directors effectively seal the film off from any external influence.
Preston Jones, Dallas Morning News  full review
Though Hetherington and Junger's film doesn't ultimately have anything new to say about the nature of war, it will nonetheless have a strong impact on those of us fortunate enough to have experienced combat only in its motion-picture form.
Jason Anderson, Toronto Star  full review
A riveting, you-are-there, deployment to a godforsaken place where United States troops are pinned down by enemy fire almost every day...
Andrew O'Hehir,  full review
The filmmakers call Restrepo an experimental film; and in this case, the experiment wasn't entirely successful, but it was definitely worth making.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
In their just-the-facts approach, the filmmakers neither pass judgment on the platoon's mission nor comment on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. In the filmmakers' eyes, the men came, they saw, they didn't conquer; they do reflect.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
It's an essential record not only of the Afghanistan conflict but of men in battle
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
This is hard, hard duty. A 15-month tour. Our admiration for these men grows. Their jobs seem beyond conceiving. I cannot imagine a civilian thinking he could perform them.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
It's the best thing I've seen in a long time.
Michael Phillips, At the Movies  full review
Places audiences into the same groggy but frazzled rhythm as its combatants.
New York Daily News, New York Daily News  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Dec 07, 2010
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Directed By
Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington

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