Synopsis: RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo”, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment.
This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
When you see the trailer, you’ll get more of an idea of what to expect. I had to watch it a few times just to try and get my head round it. Resptrepo is directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger and released in cinemas 8th October.
I’ll let you watch and you can let me know your thoughts in the comments below.