Sunday, February 13, 2011

Restrepo

A war doc has to be really good for me to feel like it's a notch above a really good Frontline episode. This one did that for me. If you have any interest at all in the war in Afghanistan, this is a must see.

The film is about a platoon in the Korengal Valley, known as the deadliest spot in Afghanistan. Their mission is to take the high ground in the valley and build a small base so they can control the valley. They fairly quickly take the necessary spot (and name the outpost after a fallen buddy) but it only gets worse from there.

The battle scenes are intense, the cinematography great, and the interviews illuminating. All told, this is a very good documentary.

And speaking of great and disturbing Frontline docs about Afghanistan, it doesn't get crazier than this one.

Directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington
2010
Blu-ray

2 comments:

Ivanomartin said...

that frontline episode is straight up bonkers. i watched that several months ago.

youthlarge said...

Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya today.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/04/tim-hetherington-41-killed-in-libya.html