Battle Company: Korengal

Posted: July 4, 2014 in DVD, Films, War on Terror

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From the writer and director of Restrepo and the writer of War, Sebastian Junger spent a year with troops in Afghanistan. Battle Company: Korengal is his experience following the 2nd Platoon of Battle Company on a 15-month deployment in the Korengal Valley of northeast Afghanistan.

Battle Company: Korengal aimes to show war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one cheers when they kill an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive them for all the killing. As one grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he missed the war after his deployment ended and he would go back in a heartbeat if he could.

Some documentaries focus on the battle, or the machines of war. Then there are those like Battle Company: Korengal that really show the people behind the story. As a viewer you feel an oddly strong attachment to the men of 2nd Platoon throughout their deployment. They are all engaging interviewees, all with unique – and frequently harrowing – stories to share.

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Plus, you know, there’s lot of gun porn, which is nice.

As they sit in the Korengal valley, taking fire from Taliban forces up to fourteen times a day, the men show a strange, almost grim, acceptance of their place. They are there to do a job, and it’s a job they’re going to do. Juxtapose this with home video footage of them larking about and having a good time, and you really get to know the troops from all angles. All of them are really likeable, and seeing the situations they often find themselves in can be near heartbreaking.

Battle Company: Korengal is a strange, macro-lense look at a squad in the War on Terror. Worth checking out for a very close up and personal taste of the period.

Battle Company: Korengal is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, priced £17.99 and £19.99 respectively. 

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