- 1 hr 36 min
Restrepo is a documentary about the war in Afghanistan. The documentary focuses on Battle Company, 2nd Platoon as it conducts its mission in a war-torn Afghanistan valley. The filmmakers spend an entire year embedded with the men in the region. The men of Battle Company are in the midst of a fifteen-month deployment. The film covers the entire length of the deployment until the men return home. The men are stationed in the Korengal Valley which throughout the war has been nicknamed the deadliest place on earth. The men are tasked with clearing the valley of Taliban insurgents. They are always trying to get the local Afghani people to trust them and see that they are on their side. The film opens with two of the men of Battle Company getting killed in action. PFC Restrepo and PFC Vimoto are both murdered. The men then build an outpost which they name after Restrepo. While working on constructing the outpost, they negotiate with the locals and try to befriend them. Throughout all of this, the men are under constant attack from firefights in the region. The men also must complete a special mission called Operation Rock Avalanche. The goal of the operation was to chase Taliban fighters out of the region while also making friends with the villagers with the ultimate goal of eventually building a new road for the region. The operation was brutal, and several American soldiers were killed and many more injured. Many Afghani civilians also lost their lives in the melee. The film depicts the entire operation and also shows the distress and emotional issues faced by the soldiers after the mission is over. While the film is graphic and violent and unflinching in its look at war, there are also moments of levity. The men of Battle Company are like brothers, and there is great camaraderie among them. They take time to joke and goof off with one another.