Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan’s most strategically crucial valleys reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of back breaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban.
Restrepo is the story of a group of soldiers that is videotaped by Sebastian Junger, who was embedded with a platoon in Afghanistan – one platoon, one valley, one year. This probably should be shown to every congressman and to everybody in the Pentagon because it shows the true human face and human cost of a war and how really young these guys are and how impossible the task and how dangerous. It certainly brings the war home, it’s not fun to watch but it’s probably an important movie to watch. In terms of entertainment, I probably wouldn’t give it anymore than two stars. In terms of social relevance, I’d probably give it four and a half.