Last week, we showed you the poster for the upcoming documentary The Tillman Story. The film is about the cover-up involving the death of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a man who gave up a multi-million dollar contract in the NFL to go fight in Afghanistan following 9/11. I’ve already spoken about my thoughts on Tillman’s story, and I’m eager to see this film even though the trailer sells it as an action-mystery. I understand the need to effectively market a documentary like this, but I feel like it cheapens his story by making it looks like a generic movie.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The Tillman Story opens on August 20th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Tillman Story:
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.
One thing I forgot to mention in my earlier story: General Stanley McChrystal was instrumental in covering-up the truth behind Tillman’s death. He is now the commander of NATO operations in Afghanistan.