By Sebastian JUNGER


Documentary - Completed 2014

Going to war is confusing, but it’s nothing compared to coming home. “Perfect Storm” author and Academy Award nominee Sebastian Junger accompanies two combat veterans and a photo journalist on a 300 mile walk along the railroad lines from Washington DC to Pittsburgh. Recreating the closeness of sold

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastian JUNGER
    • Producer(s)
    • Nick QUESTED, Sebastian JUNGER
    • Synopsis
    • Going to war is confusing, but it’s nothing compared to coming home. Academy Award nominee Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, accompanied two combat veterans and a photojournalist on a journey through a country they no longer felt part of.

      Over the course of one year, these four men walked the Amtrak railroad lines from Washington DC to Philadelphia, and then west to Pittsburgh. They chose to follow railroad lines because rail lines go straight through everything – ghettos and suburbs and farms and woods – providing a view of America from the inside out. The trip was a kind of high-speed vagrancy that had them sleeping under bridges or in abandoned buildings, camping in the woods, bathing in rivers, buying supplies in the towns and dodging the police. (At one point, the police had a helicopter in the air looking for them, but they were never caught.) They carried everything they needed in 60-pound packs, never paid for lodging and were only shot at once, in rural Pennsylvania. Along the way, they asked people what they thought of America, and the trip became – amongst other things – a yearlong assessment about the state of a nation.

      By the time they reached Pittsburgh, these four men had managed to re-create the incredible closeness and inter-reliance of soldiers in combat. The Last Patrol may well serve as a creative – and subtly subversive – solution to a very ancient problem: how to bring combat vets home. In the US, there are three million vets trying to figure this problem out, and another twenty million people closely associated with them.

      The Last Patrol is the only film on this topic that actually makes people laugh.