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KORENGAL

"Positive Salute"

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KORENGAL is a sequel to the war documentary RESTREPO, about an isolated mountain outpost of American soldiers in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. KORENGAL is less about the soldiers’ mission and the war than the first movie. It’s more about the soldiers’ everyday life on the small outpost. It contains many Post-Afghanistan interviews with the soldiers talking about their experiences, feelings, thoughts, their war buddies, and their families. Of course, there are still some gunshots almost every day. Some soldiers admit the gunshots relieve some of the monotony during their duty.

Like its predecessor, KORENGAL is captivating documentary. Besides some of the Post-Afghanistan interviews, the most powerful moment is perhaps when the soldiers hold a brief funeral ceremony for the man they named the Restrepo outpost after, their fallen comrade, PFC Juan Restrepo, a medic. KORENGAL is mostly a positive salute to the American servicemen fighting in Afghanistan, especially those at the Restrepo outpost. However, extreme caution is warranted because of lots of strong foul language and an image of a topless pinup model. KORENGAL doesn’t contain any extremely graphic violence, however.

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(B, PP, C, Pa, FR, LLL, VV, S, NN, D, M) Light moral worldview with strong sympathetic view toward American soldiers, with brief Christian, redemptive references and content but some pagan syncretism and Muslim prayers can be heard in Afghanistan valley below mountain military outpost; at least 79 obscenities (including many “f” and “s” words), two GD profanities and one exclamatory profanity mentioning Jesus; strong violence, mostly just shooting and some running during brief battle scenes with no one shown getting hit and with some American soldiers cheering for killing a Taliban foe, brief and moving funeral ceremony for one fallen soldier, plus soldiers discuss the addictive “adrenalin rush” they get during battle, and soldiers playfully throw rocks at one another out of boredom; no sex scenes but soldiers do have sexy female photos in their encampment, including one of a topless model; image of upper female nudity in one shot of a topless model and some upper make nudity, and soldier shows tattoo on his upper rear end; no alcohol use; smoking; and, God says he thought at one time that God hated him, but there’s no resolution to his story one way or another, soldiers have tattoos, and soldiers say they don’t trust Muslim leaders of Afghan villages, but one soldier admits they are caught in the middle between Taliban soldiers coming through their valley and American soldiers in a couple outposts.

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KORENGAL is a sequel to the war documentary RESTREPO, about an isolated mountain outpost of American soldiers in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. The valley is a major route for Taliban forces to move weapons and men into other parts of Afghanistan.

KORENGAL is less about the soldiers’ mission and the war than the first movie. It’s more about the soldiers’ everyday life on the small outpost. It also contains many Post-Afghanistan interviews with the soldiers talking about their experiences, feelings, thoughts, their war buddies, and their families back home

Of course, there are still some gunshots almost every day and especially when the soldiers send regular patrols to talk to the village elders or administer health services to the Afghani families living in the valley below. The soldiers admit that the gunshots relieve some of the monotony. They also admit that the “adrenaline rush” they get in the skirmishes can be addictive. In one scene, one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, while another soldier asks if God will ever forgive him for the killing he’s done. The result of all this can be seen partly in the occasional rock-throwing fight between the soldiers as they try to relieve the stress and monotony.

At a couple points, the soldiers express their doubts about the trustworthiness of the Muslim village leaders. One soldier admits, however, that the villagers are caught in the middle between the Taliban fighters and the American soldiers. Regarding the Taliban, another soldier says the mountain area surrounding the outpost “would be a sports haven if they just stopped shooting at us.” To prove him right, the camera pans around the countryside, which looks like it could very well indeed become a major ski resort.

Like its predecessor, KORENGAL is another captivating documentary. Besides some of the Post-Afghanistan interviews, the most powerful moment is perhaps when the soldiers hold a brief funeral ceremony for the man they named the Restrepo outpost after, their fallen comrade, PFC Juan Restrepo, a medic.

KORENGAL is mostly a positive salute to the American servicemen fighting in Afghanistan, especially those at the Restrepo outpost. However, extreme caution is warranted because of lots of strong foul language and an image of a topless pinup model. KORENGAL doesn’t contain any extremely graphic violence, however.

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