The Tillman Story (2010)
Every American should see this movie. Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary will make you sick over the way football star and Army Corporal Pat Tillman’s death in Afghanistan was used to further a nation’s wartime agenda. While the first official story had Tillman laying down his life to save his men from a Taliban ambush, we learn he was actually gunned down by trigger-happy members of his own unit during a meaningless firefight. The ensuing cover-up would reach to the highest levels of our government, and if it wasn’t for the tenacity of the Tillman family, the truth would have never seen the light of day.
Tillman was a hero, but he wasn’t the John Wayne character he was made out to be in the press. The initial response to his death was positively shameful, but this documentary does a good job of righting as many of those wrongs as possible. The Tillman Story shows how imperfect our country is, but we’re still lucky to live in a place where a movie like this can be released.