The movie is out and Americans have ‘tasted’ war in the comfort of their plush seat, air-conditioned theater chairs. So how was virtual war?
Newspapers had interesting lead titles for their critique of the film:
‘Restrepo‘ lets viewers observe Afghan war – Tulsa World
Movie Review: ‘Restrepo‘ puts you on front lines of the Afghan war – Florida Times-Union
The Afghan war up close and personal– Denver Times
War without context – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This is combat – Honolulu Weekly
Real soldiers: Restrepo movie puts you in war – Sun-Sentinel
‘Restrepo‘: War documentary a descent into hell | 3 stars – Kansas City Star
A descent into Hell. That one grabs me.
At the end of the YouTube clip above, the soldier is asked, “How are you going to go back to the civilian world?” And he answers, “I have no idea!” He refers to the ‘addiction’ of combat- like a cocaine high.
And society has to ask that same question as these young men and women return from combat- How are you going to absorb back into our society when your tour of duty ends?
We never think about that question as we wave our flags and sing, ‘God bless America’ as our youth are once again sent off to some remote part of the world to fight and die. We Americans do war easily. And we seldom think of the long-lasting consequences of that easy action.