Pat Tillman’s story was one of those that has sadly faded into people’s memories and whenever I mention his name, people have to think a moment before I remind them of who he was. When he was killed everyone knew he was and wanted to make a movie about his life and then once it was realized that he wasn’t killed by the enemy the Jerry Bruckheimer’s suddenly stopped calling the family leaving them to fight for the answers to their son’s death. Best movies ever got to spend an hour with Pat Tillman and it was obvious that he wasn’t just another football guy, he had some amazing believes ranging all over, and he wasn’t afraid to speak out with his beliefs (like being against the war in Iraq) even when they were unpopular ones.
In a nutshell, this is what the film is about. Amir Bar-Lev’s emotionally wrenching and heartbreaking documentary The Tillman Story is the real-life story follows Pat Tillman, who left his multi-million dollar football contract to join the military, only to find his tragic death manipulated and turned into a piece of propaganda. It’s definitely more one-sided but this story has basically been more one-sided than anything and I’m so glad that this is out and hopefully people will realize that more needs to be told for this strong family to get some peace and answers at long last.
When best movies ever found out the Weinstein Company bought the film, we were saddened again because we knew that the floundering company would not give The Tillman Story the theatrical release and marketing that it truly deserves. I wish we could have made his film, but at least someone did so there’s a piece of history for people to discover and rediscover. Best movies ever only hopes that the Tillman family doesn’t come under attack for trying to cash out on their son’s name when all they’re trying to do is get some answers which their government has long been slow and inaccurate with their responses. Our prayers have been with them since this happened in 2004.