Main Plot Points:
- Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. Korengal explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for all of the killing he has done.
- As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as Restrepo, Korengal goes a step further in bringing the war into people’s living rooms back home.
What We Thought:
- Korengal: This is What War Feels Like is overall an interesting watch. I’ll never understand why filmmakers are allowed this type of access, but I guess people seem to like it.
- To me having filmmakers right in with the fighting must make the soldiers job way more difficult. Not only do you have to look out for yourself and fellow soldier, but now you have to make sure a guy with a camera doesn’t get shot.
- That being said, it does show what these men go through in Korengal. There is nothing there, but mountains and guys with guns. They need to make sure no one gets through them and only get supplies on occasion. The action sequences aren’t for the weak.
- I will say I didn’t like what one of the black soldiers said. He felt like his fellow soldiers didn’t have his back because he was black. All the soldiers I know, not one of them would turn their back on a fellow soldier for a reason like that. You are brothers. There are maybe 20 of you at most to keep each other alive, I find that very difficult to believe as someone who knows a lot of soldiers.
- If you enjoyed Restrepo, you will enjoy Korengal: This is What War Feels Like. At no point in time do the soldiers really get into politics and I appreciate that. Sometimes documentaries have an agenda and this really didn’t. You get right in with the action and see how these men lives their lives over there.
- Sebastian Junger TED Talk – “Why Veterans Miss War”
- Commentary by Sebastian Junger
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Recommended if You Like:
- Military Documentaries