Saturday, September 4, 2010

Movie Review: "Restrepo"

5. The most telling scene of the powerful Afghanistan war documentary "Restrepo" comes not on the battlefield but outside a small, rickety house when an overburdened U.S. Army officer attempts to talk to elders about wheat and rice crops and modern farm equipment the government wants to bring to the dusty mountain village.

4. The officer talks about the riches that will flow into the village with millions of dollars in modern farm equipment, roads and education that will benefit the poor, war-torn region.

3. The elders, however, are not interested in that: They are upset with the soldiers because they euthanized a cow that got tangled in razor wire near an Army outpost.

2. The Army offers to replace the cow or pay for it by giving the aggrieved tribesman the weight of the animal in rice and beans, but the tribesman want money, about $500, which the Army won't surrender for fear the locals will use it to buy guns or drugs.

1. And so goes America's 21st century war: Her soldiers desperately trying to pass along the riches of a modern society to a primitive culture who just want to know what will be done about their dead cow.

Run Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Rated R
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Tim Heherington and Sebastian Junger
Cast: Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Finney's Flicks Grade: A

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