Director(s): Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger. 93 min. Rated R. Documentary.
A flurry of great Iraq/Afghan war movies have started, but Restrepo is not necessarily one deserving the incredibly high accolades. Surely, a documentary chronicling life in Afghanistan's Korangal Valley is a noble effort, but watching the imagery, I didn't perceive this as the "deadliest place in the world", as the movie claims (conceptual profoundness doesn't equal cinematic excellence). The footage and interviews are more concerned with the aftershocks of violence in the region, rather than the violence itself. Worthy of note how alien the Afghani locals look to the American troops, as though we're watching conversations between two different species.
(PS: Make sure you listen to NPR's interview with director Tim Hetherington, where he breaks down midway through the interview while reminiscing his experiences.)