Baseball

"I wrote 63 songs this year. They're all about Jeter." Just kidding. The game we love, the players we hate, and more.

Culture and Criticism

From Norman Mailer to Wendy Pepper — everything on film, TV, books, music, and snacks (shut up, raisins), plus the Girls' Bike Club.

Donors Choose and Contests

Helping public schools, winning prizes, sending a crazy lady in a tomato costume out in public.

Stories, True and Otherwise

Monologues, travelogues, fiction, and fart humor. And hens. Don't forget the hens.

The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

Home » Culture and Criticism

Restrepo

Submitted by on January 27, 2011 – 9:58 PM8 Comments

Death Race 44, Sarah 12; 1 of 24 categories completed

A solid documentary, but not groundbreaking, with one exception. It's one of the few artistic documents of war, for lack of a better term, that shows a soldier sobbing over a companymate who's just gotten killed — that gives us, civilians, any insight into that, not the way it feels necessarily but the way he finds to carry it.

Gen and I both kept thinking about how young the guys look versus how much more mature than us they seem. I frequently think that about people in the armed forces, but that contrast runs all through the film.

Be Sociable, Share!


Tags:    

8 Comments »

  • Leslie says:

    I DVR'd this off tv and I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but so far, I really like it. They all do seem very young and I love the part where Misha talks about his parents taking away his turtle squirt gun.

  • Driver B says:

    I believe you can get this streaming on Netflix right now.

    My 18-yr-old brother is in the army, in Afghanistan, as we speak. He strongly recommended this doc as a good example of What It's Really Like to be there. Whether that makes for a good movie is a question, but I do feel a little closer to him having watched it.

    Even putting aside the fact that he is my kid brother and I will always think of him that way, I do agree – they all look really, really young!

  • Lynne says:

    Is Sebastian Junger actually present in this doc? Either as narrator or actually on camera? I'm really interested in this but I don't think I could take it if I had to endure him.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @Lynne, you may hear him off-camera, posing questions to the guys in uniform, but I don't recall any narration at all and he doesn't do any stand-ups or anything like that.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    PS @Driver, give your bro a stay-safe-and-thank-you from us.

  • Jaybird says:

    @Driver B: What Sarah said.

  • Sue 2 says:

    Now that you've seen the movie, you should read the companion book: War by Sebastian Junger. I just finished it, and am trying to get my hubby to read it too. (Sorry about the giant link, I am tiny url ignorant.)

    http://www.amazon.com/WAR-Sebastian-Junger/dp/0446556246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1296767037&sr=1-1

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    RIP Tim Hetherington, who was lost in Libya.