Look for a war documentary with a lot of advance buzz to make its local premiere this weekend at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma. Some have compared it to “The Hurt Locker,” but without actors. And it’s about Afghanistan, not Iraq.
The 94-minute film is called “Restrepo,” named for a 15-man U.S. military outpost in the rugged Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan, which in turn was named for an American medic, Pfc. Juan Sebastian “Doc” Restrepo, who was killed in action three summers ago.
“Restrepo” won the the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It was made by award-winning journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, who embedded with the soldiers of Second Platoon, Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
The documentary is based on an article that Junger wrote for the January 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.
The movie’s publicists say it avoids “all outside commentary and political context in order to present us war as it is actually lived by soldiers, through their own eyes and in their own words — the backbreaking labor, the deadly firefights, the boredom, the camaraderie.”
“Restrepo” is scheduled to open Friday at the Grand, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. Check the theater’s website later in the week for showtimes.