What are we doing?

Restrepo is amazingly intense—it’s also funny, sad, touching, frustrating, and all that other stuff, so much so that it can easily stand in as the 2000s’ version of The Anderson Platoon. Mostly, though, there’s the unforgettable sequence where the guys in the platoon simply lose their shit over something that’s just happened, and a couple of these trained killers, unable to get past the reality of what their eyes are pointed at, simply turn into blubbering babies—I can’t remember another movie that shows real people undergoing such deep levels of grief and fear. It also shows, almost incidentally, why the Afghan war remains the most insane of ventures, but that’s probably the smallest thing you take away from it.

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