Saturday, March 12, 2011

Restrepo (2010)

Netflix DVD on 3/11/11
The "other adaptation" is loose here, since no writers are listed on the film. However, it was made while Sebastian Junger was on assignment to write an article for Vanity Fair. It follows a platoon stationed in one of Afghanistan's most dangerous valleys as they spend a year at Outpost Restrepo (named for their KIA medic). Sort of like a real-life, modern-day version of Platoon (which, by the way, is the only time I have actually liked a performance by Charlie Sheen). It should be riveting, but it just isn't. I think that's probably a flaw with the editing - too much downtime where nothing happens and too much confusing camera work when something DOES happen, all at the same time. I will say that the testimonials given by the soldiers are pretty heartbreaking.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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