Combustible Celluloid
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Directed by: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout including some descriptions of violence
Running Time: 93
Date: 01/01/2010

Restrepo (2010)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Crashing War

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's documentary is a right-there-on-the-front-lines type of affair, spending a year in one of the most dangerous spots in Afghanistan. The men try to keep their spirits high with joking, but the situation is tough and the real drama comes through. Though the movie tries not to make any kind of commentary, it's clear: this is just another reminder as to the utter pointlessness of this war. The effect is intense, but also pretty much what you'd expect from this kind of movie. The title comes from a 20 year-old medic, Juan 'Doc' Restrepo, one of the first casualties from this platoon. The survivors named one particular outpost after him.
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