|Editing by||Michael Levine|
|Running time||93 minutes|
The film explores the year that Junger and Hetherington spent in Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Fair, embedded with the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley. The 2nd Platoon is depicted defending the Observation Post (OP) named after a platoon medic who was killed earlier in the campaign, PFC Juan Sebastián Restrepo, a Colombian-born naturalized U.S. citizen.
The film follows the 2nd Platoon of Battle Company on a 15-month deployment in the Korangal Valley of northeast Afghanistan in the Nuristan area. The Korengal flows north to the Pech, which then flows east to the Kunar River valley on the border with Pakistan. The film chronicles the lives of the men from their deployment to the time of their return home. The Korangal Valley was at the time regarded as "the deadliest place on Earth" (as stated in the documentary itself, trailers, and television commercials on the National Geographic Channel). The goal of the deployment was to clear the Korengal Valley of insurgency and gain the trust of the local populace.
They begin their deployment at OP Korangal, and early in the campaign PFC Restrepo is killed, as well as another team member, PFC Vimoto. The film portrays negotiations with the local people, construction of an advanced outpost, OP Restrepo, as well as the challenges and intermittent firefights they face.
In the latter portion of the film, the dangerous mission Operation Rock Avalanche is shown along with some of its tragic consequences, such as dead civilians and soldiers, as well as the emotional distress that the soldiers are left with in its aftermath. For his actions during the operation Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, who is featured in the film, would later become the first living person to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
The film received the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It received a certified fresh rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert awarded Restrepo four out of four stars. Additionally, numerous critics and publications included it in their annual top film selections.
In March 2014, Realscreen magazine revealed that Sebastian Junger was working on a sequel to Restrepo, entitled Korengal. The film is due to be released in theatres in New York on May 30, 2014, with a pay-VOD release following in September 2014.
The sequel "departs from the vérité style of the original somewhat, as it features an original score and some archival news footage."
- The Battle for Marjah, an HBO documentary covering the efforts of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, in Operation Moshtarak
- Armadillo, a 2010 Danish documentary about Danish troops stationed at "Armadillo" forward operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
- 16 Days in Afghanistan, a highly referenced 2008 documentary about the country
- "Restrepo – Theatrical Release". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- "Restrepo (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- Into the Valley of Death, Sebastian Junger, Vanity Fair, January 2008 article, discusses the strategic value of the Korangal Valley.
- An up-close yet impersonal look at war, Wesley Morris, Boston Globe movie review.
- Hetherington, Tim (11 November 2010). "Medal of Honor Winner Salvatore Giunta on Bravery, Brotherhood, and the Korengal". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- Addicott, Brooks (January 30, 2010). "2010 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards". Sundance Institute. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- Restrepo review, Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.
- News Desk: The Best (and Worst) Films of the Year : The New Yorker
- "2010 in review: Betsy Sharkey on film". Los Angeles Times.
- PartB Film Awards 2011 – The Beaver
- Record | Columbia News
- Benzine, Adam (31 March 2014). "Exclusive: Junger, Goldcrest to self-release “Restrepo” sequel". Realscreen. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Official website
- UK website
- Restrepo at the Internet Movie Database
- Restrepo at AllMovie
- Restrepo at Rotten Tomatoes
- Restrepo at Metacritic
- Restrepo at DVD Resurrections
- GRITtv Interview With Laura Flanders and Tim Hetherington on "Restrepo"
- New York Times article
- OP Restrepo on Google Maps
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