Up-front confession that I've not finished watching this, but strongly recommend it nonetheless, especially to the ex-servicemen among us. Was on More4 so should be on 4OD for a while soon here,
hence prompt post.
Hell and Back Again, a documentary about US infantry soldiers in Afghanistan. Follows a platoon and in particular a platoon commander or whatever (a kid) once he's been sent home on his last scheduled day with a horrific sniper injury. Watching him at work it seems inevitable that he can be killed anytime; this amateur's opinion is they look very slack, wandering about the wadi, relatively uncovered from the ambush that's coming.
Back home is pain and addiction to the drugs he's needed to keep the pain at bay. The experience has not done good things for his brain.
Great editing, impressive cinematography in the fucking field
, and some brilliant artistic touches to convey the emotions he and they are going through. All this and a fascinating glimpse of what it takes to connect with the Afghans, and what it takes to make them want to see you skinned. Great doc.
You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later.