Actor Mark Wahlberg, who plays Luttrell in the film, told CNN that people need to see this film: "They need to know about it, and it's my job to get as many people into the theaters to see it as possible. I've never felt more strongly about something that I've been a part of. I've never been more proud to be a part of a project like this."
CNN anchor Jake Tapper -- himself the author of a book on American valor in Afghanistan -- walked into a rhetorical buzzsaw by telling Luttrell, "One of the emotions I felt while watching the film is, first of all, just the hopelessness of the situation," and "I don't want any more senseless American death, and at the same time, I know that there are dead people there, and good people who need help."
Luttrell responded abruptly, reflecting the courage that combat brings: "Well, I don't know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness really never came into it. Where did you see that? We never felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing unless we were actually dead. That never came across in the battle and while we were fighting on the mountain, and it was just us against them."
Soldiers accept dangerous missions without questioning the wisdom of their commanders. The public can question their commanders, but no one should question the resolve of these warrriors. That sacrifice they make for us -- especially the ultimate sacrifice -- deserves more national gratitude, and I'm sure that families like the Murphys are going to have their hearts warmed to see this story finally spread from sea to shining sea, embraced by a grateful nation.