I spent two hours last night watching “Restrepo”, a real life war movie/documentary placed in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.
Everything in the movie is real, the life, the death, the fighting, the fear, the laughter and the tears. It is uplifting and devastating at the same time.
To see a real person killed in action, not by something blowing up, but by getting hit by a silent bullet, lying on the ground in a pool of blood, buddies around inconsolable, weeping, crying out, wanting anything but what is in front of them. It is more than anyone should bear.
This movie doesn’t judge. It reveals. It shows you that war isn’t a video game. It shows you that war is day to day. It shows you the camaraderie of fellow soldiers. It shows you the bond of brothers in action.
These people are young. They are not monsters. They are our sons, fighting a fight that isn’t of their making, but doing their best nonetheless.
“Restrepo” is worth seeing.