“It’s just a valley. It’s a valley that is if you look from high above, it looks like a quiet valley.” – Lamonta Caldwell
Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Companion piece documentary to Restrepo (2010) that once again takes us into the belly of the beast in order to try and understand what combat does to soldiers and how it affects them.
My Take on it – After watching Restrepo (2010) last week, I was really amazed at the way that it showed us the brutal reality of war and how it affects those brave men who find themselves in the midst of it.
This movie is a perfect companion piece because it takes us deeper into the repercussions and after effects of war on combat soldiers.
The feelings of brotherhood are embedded within them and those bonds might last the rest of their lives.
This movie doesn’t shy away from brutal honesty and gives us some extreme opinions but we easily understand what leads to these kind of thoughts.
The camera also doesn’t try to avoid realty and we get to see raw footage of what happened in order to try and get a better understanding as to what kind of place these men were in and they just kept hitting mark after mark on this one.
Bottom Line – Really dives much deeper into the meaning of combat and the brotherhood formed under fire. Excellent companion piece to Restrepo (2010). The brutal honesty of the cinematography and the interviewees really hits the mark throughout. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Forty-two soldiers died in Korengal Valley before the United States pulled out in April 2010. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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