You've got to watch this trailer for the documentary The Tillman Story, it looks like an incredibly powerful film. It tells the story behind NFL star Pat Tillman who went from football player to soldier. He was killed in Afghanistan back in 2004, and there was a huge government cover-up surrounding how he really died. If that doesn't get you interested in seeing this film, I don't know what will.
When Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002, he became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, than the caricature. And when the government tried to turn his death into propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in Northern California, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death. THE TILLMAN STORY resounds with emotion and insight, and goes beyond an indictment of the government to touch on themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.
Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat's fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev’s emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat’s death and calls to task the entire chain of command, but also examines certain themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.
This is one of those films that needs to be seen. Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think.