One of the most talked about films at the year’s Sundance Film Festival is a new documentary on Pat Tillman, the NFL player who quit a lucrative career in pro football and enlisted in the Army. Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, but the circumstances of his death were inaccurately reported by the government at first and still remain under question by his family.
“The Tillman Story,” directed by Amir Bar-Lev, chronicles the Tillman family’s fight to find the truth about Pat Tillman’s death. According to a description on the Sundance Web site, the documentary “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 themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.”
A Los Angeles Times writer ranked “The Tillman Story” as one of his seven must-see movies from Sundance, saying it “does what many great documentaries do: takes a small subject and turns it into something epic.”