Not quite a coda to Sebastian Junger's and Tim Heatherington's gripping you-are-there 2010 Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo — more of a commentary track, or a series of annotations. Here, the live-fire footage at outpost Restrepo in the ever-active Korengal Valley is heavily intercut with soldier talk, either in repose or post-facto, about the wartime experience. Patrols, leave, weapons, firefights, rationales, fear, bravery, tactics, diplomacy, timekilling, tattoos, family, brotherhood, demons, despair, triumph, mourning — the whole shebang. It's worthwhile stuff, and works as a more meditative aftermath for its frenzied predecessor. But there isn't much in the way of structure or narrative drive, and it covers an awful lot of conversational ground in just 84 minutes. It would have been worth slowing down a bit to figure out why one man would go back if he could, while another struggles with his wartime actions, calling them the evil thing inside his body. (2014) — Matthew Lickona
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