Review: Restrepo
by Francie Scanlon
Jun 24, 2010 | 16366 views | 0 0 comments | 785 785 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Who could imagine in the tony setting of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival that a documentary about war and all its trappings would garner the Grand Jury Prize? RESTREPO has won more hearts and minds than perhaps any war ever could. RESTREPO is war uncensored, uncut, unfiltered and in-your-face.

Think you can take it? Don’t even bother with that calculation. See RESTREPO,

Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2005. Awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, he led a four-man SEAL squad that covertly infiltrated the 9,000-foot Hindu-Kush mountains along the Pakistan border on June 27, seeking to capture or kill high-value Taliban targets. Though wounded, Murphy still engaged the fiercest firefight as he moved to higher ground, openly engaging electronic outreach for help, for which he signed-off, “Thank you.”

Also chronicled is April 14, 2010, when the pullout of the remaining 120 U.S. soldiers from the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan occurred. Part of a strategy announced in 2009 by top American and NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal, this forced re-deployment sought to abandon small, difficult-to-defend bases in remote, sparsely populated areas and concentrate forces around major population centers. Significant numbers of those outposts were established in the intervening years to monitor Taliban and Al Qaeda penetration from Pakistan but proved difficult to re-supply and defend.

RESTREPO, a 15-man outpost named after a 20 year-old platoon medic killed in action, was one such exceptional stronghold.

RESTREPO (the film) opens in New York at the Angelika Film Center, with a national roll-out to follow.
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