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Restrepo
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203 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Ninety minutes of the Afghan Korengal Valley, with no talking heads, no interviews, just the soldiers there in the valley. Named after an output named after a medic killed in the line of duty. This ties in rather strongly with WAR (Junger's War) which is also coverage of the same area of Afghanistan. It's an emotional film that tells the story of the soldiers posted there but leaves any and all interpretations to the viewer. It's one small, but very dangerous, piece of the war and needs no additional plot, or subplots, other than the daily life in the field.

I left the movie saying, "oh my, fifteen months." It's nearly inconceivable to me, fifteen months in such a place. A place few Americans could find on a map, and far fewer could explain the importance of. It's a must-see movie regardless of your politics.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
Format: DVD
I finally managed to receive my restrepo copy in France because by the way, it was not in theater in France.
First, I was very surprised by the length of the deployment. 18 months ! It's eternity. French soldiers deployments length is between 4 or 6 moths. Such a long time in a country at war, constantly under enemy fire is probably very hard for the mind.
The documentary is really interesting and shows everything about thoses soldiers life, missions and mind. You can share their pain when they lost one of them, you can also share their "happiness" sometimes.
In France, we have no such documentaries about our soldiers in Afghanistan, because most of them are from the foreign legion or from some elite troops so they don't like to be filmed and because of this lack of images, french people can't really understand why our troops are dying in Afghanistan. In the meantime, when american people see Restrepo, they feel admiration for their troops and they support them more. In France, it would be the opposite, french people would be shocked to see french soldiers dying in front of the camera or constantly under fire, and they would immediatly ask to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.

What I regret about this documentary is that : we don't see the return to their families, we don't see what their families feel while their sons are in Afghanistan and also we don't know what these soldiers did after the deployment. Did they come back in Afghanistan, did they leave the army ?

But anyway, this documentary was very interesting and to some extent, it's like the danish documentary "armadillo" with danish troops inf Afghanistan.

P.S : Apologies for the grammary if I did any mistake.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
If you want to see a non-partisan film about the OEF experience. This is it.... there isn't a script. What you are seeing is real. The conclusion the viewer forms is his own based on the raw footage and his/her value system. I lived it and it helps explain my experience to my wife and family.

Sky Soldiers

Sgt. "Doc" Wilson
Veteran of OEF and the 173rd Airborne Brigade & 82 Airborne Division.
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130 of 147 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this documentary in theater in New York, and was impressed with it. It's raw, and real. You see these brave men in uniforms, tough and heroic. Then in the next scene they have their armor off and you realize how young the men are that battle for freedom on a daily basis.

You also get a strong understanding of brotherhood...the level of dedication that these men show to each other to kill the enemy, regardless of political influences, as it's just them, the bad guys, and the valley.

There's no plot, no storyline, no climax. Just an experience of what still exists right now on the other side of the world as you read this.

A must watch. You owe to yourself and to them to see and know what goes on.
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100 of 113 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2010
Format: DVD
Amazing soldier's eye view of the 173d Airborne in Kunar province Afghanistan. Every American should see this film and experience what it is we ask of our Heroes. So proud of them!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2010
Format: DVD
I was fortunate to be able to see this film at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I didn't really know what to expect, for the title doesn't really tell you much. It is difficult to put into words the impact that this film had upon me. It is too sparse to say that Restrepo is powerful for you will be thinking about this film long after the closing credits roll by.

This film is unscripted and raw in its approach to taking you to what these soldiers experienced in the 15 months that they were deployed in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. The film moves back and forth between footage that was captured as events unfolded and the soldiers telling their stories after their deployment was complete. You see through their eyes, up close and personal, how living through this deeply affected these men.

It is no suprise to me that this film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Everyone that I spoke with at the festival had a similar experience as mine. The film was moving, powerful, uplifting, and sobering. This is truly a must see.

I'm thrilled to see that the film will be released on DVD and it will definitely have a place in my library.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
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i am ordering the movie pre-release because I am confident that it will be every bit as good as the book by Sebastian Junger. Both book (War) and movie were done simultaneously while Junger was embedded with the military at a small mountain outpost in Afghanistan. I read the book a few months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the release of the movie which is mentioned in the book. The book is a magnificent tribute to our military at war...not to the generals and Pentagon gurus who supposedly mastermind the conflict but to the grunts who are the actual "boots on the ground" slugging it out every day with an enemy that is as elusive as they are fanatical.
If you haven't read Junger's book "War" read it first...... then get the movie and see it unfold before your own eyes.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2010
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Restrepo is movie about real soldiers by real soldiers. It's not fun, it's not pretty, it's not Hollywood. Our young men, our children are fighting wars and we all need to know what it's about. We don't have to experience it first hand, thank God. But this is one small way to understand. This movie is what Hurt Locker wasn't.
This movie will be hard for some to watch. My wife does not want to watch it, I understand. I saw the movie in the theater with a loved one that is part of the 2-503. That was important for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
Format: DVD
Like it or not, this documentary should receive 5 stars simply for the fact of WHAT the documentary was about. This video is SPOT-ON exactly how life is on and off a FOB/COP. Lots of brotherly b.s.-ing, but also lots of hard work being put in. Good times (considering) and bad times (obviously). This video has plenty of re-watch value, hence the reason I bought it, for me it's kind of a way to stay connected with what used to be in my life. For those looking for an authentic view of life "over there", this is it. These are Army Infantry Soldiers in Afghanistan. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry in Iraq ('06,'07,'08) but I was amazed at how the lingo/terminology/jargon, mentality of the Soldiers, camaraderie showed uncanny similarities to that of the Marine Corps line platoons.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
General (and PhD) Robert Scales strongly recommended this movie to an audience at the Brookings Institute today. He used it as a backdrop to his informal remarks on how 4% of the total force (the engaged infantry) suffers 80% of the total casualties, but less than 1% of the total Pentagon budget is spent on training and equipping them.

My trip report on his remarks is awaiting approval and will then be posted at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog. Above is in my view the single most pointed useful "fact" of defense that I have heard in 30 years. One sentence cuts to the nub of the matter.

General Scales is the author of three books, one of which I have reviewed that remains a classic, on the disconnect between the needs of the infantry and the pie in the sky $75 billion US national intelligence community that prefers to build expensive satellites that do not work and whose collection cannot be processed.

Firepower in Limited War: Revised Edition
Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America's Military
The Iraq War: A Military History

To understand the continued corruption in US military management, see also:
War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
Defense Facts of Life: The Plans/Reality Mismatch
The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
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