"Restrepo" is a movie that just came out. Already, it has won the 2010 Sundance Documentary Award, has recieved four stars, and after hearing a critics report of movie - its suppose to be eye opening and the best war/military movie out there.
"Restrepo" is based on one platoon that is deployed in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley (which is considered one of the most dangerous posting places). There are no interviews, no scripts. This movie is raw video of what the platoon faced during their year long deployment.
I want to see this movie, but I'm terrified to. I know I will see things that my Marine may go through and face, but personally, I'm not sure I want to see those things. I think I need to though. I think it would help me relate. I'm glad that in the past year people have taken the opportunity to come out with documentaries and movies like, "The Hurt Locker", "Brothers at War", and now "Restrepo". People need to know what troops are experiencing. They need their eyes opened, because I think too many people have no idea.
It amazes me when I talk to people who find out I'm with a Marine what little they know. I don't expect people to know what acronyms mean or even the order of command, but I think it is important that people educate themselves about the war. I get questions all the time of people asking why we're over there and why we haven't nuked the place yet. I'm not in charge of the war first of all, but to nuke a place because only 10% of the people over there are "bad guys" is not a good enough reason in my book. It just drives me nuts.
I want to ask you though... are you planning on seeing this movie?
Watch the trailer below::
If you have seen the movie already - did you like it and would you recommend it to others?
4 days ago