Korengal (2014)

Korengal (2014)

Released: 2014
Genre: Documentary, Genre, History, News
Director: Sebastian Junger
Starring: Stephen Gillespie, Miguel Cortez, LaMonta Caldwell, ,
Run time: 84 min
IMDb: 6.8/10
Country: USA
Views: 59674


Picks up where Restrepo left off. Once again we meet the men of Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503nd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in 2007-8. They are deployed at one of the most dangerous places on earth – certainly the most dangerous place, at the time, for US forces: the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Journalist Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington were embedded with the 2nd Platoon of B Company and captured their daily lives.
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User Reviews: I just finished reviewing "The Hornet’s Nest," another film by a father and son journalist team, and I explained how I wished it was more like "Restrepo" and "Korengal."

This follow-up film to Restrepo with the filmmakers embedding with the same platoon at the same OP was equally as engaging as the original, but focused more on the other parts of war that it didn’t touch on in Restrepo. This film visited the more psychological part of warfare: the mind games each and every soldier struggles with, being so bored you’d rather be in a firefight just to pass the time, or going out on patrol looking for death because you don’t care anymore whether you live or die etc. It’s about each soldier’s individual psychological struggles and how each deals with them in their own ways.

As a journalist, I really appreciated how this film focused entirely on the soldiers and the war, letting the soldiers tell the viewer everything, rather than the filmmakers getting on-camera and explaining it to the viewer. That is where my critique of "The Hornet’s Nest" was rather scathing. That film got in the way of itself, cutting back to the journalists constantly so they could get face time with the audience. I’d rather see it done how these filmmakers approached this film and Restrepo, asking the soldiers the questions and letting them answer — letting them supply the narrative, exclusively.

This film is a must-see follow-up to Restrepo as they re-embed with the same group of familiar faces for another deployment in the Korengal.

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