Documentary Review – Murph the Protector (2014)

Murph the Protector
Directed by Scott Mactavish
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: January 7, 2014


I am constantly fascinated with military stories that make headlines nowadays, especially those that involve our Special Ops forces. More awe-inspiring still are the details that usually come out after the headlines have died down. Take for example the mountainside battle that ensued on June 28, 2005 in Afghanistan. The headlines proclaimed a battle had taken place…but when the details came forward, many Americans were surprised to find out a force of four SEALs had taken on an army of Taliban. Three of the brave SEALs died, but one name in particular stood out for his actions that helped to save the fourth man. Amidst a hailstorm of gunfire, Lieutenant Michael Murphy left cover and dashed to a clearing to place a call for backup. This ultimately led to his death, but the legacy he left behind will never be forgotten. MURPH THE PROTECTOR is an in-depth documentary that reveals a hero in the making, from his birth to his death.

If you are not familiar with MURPH THE PROTECTOR, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay:

On June 28th, 2005, during an infamous mountainside battle with Taliban forces, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was killed while trying to protect his Navy SEAL team. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor for his bravery, the first ever given for combat in Afghanistan. This powerful documentary features interviews with Lt. Murphy’s friends, family and teammates, and reveals the remarkable life of the son, brother, neighbor and warrior known to all as ‘Murph,’ a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and the cause of freedom to become a true American hero. This is the story – and legacy – of “Murph: The Protector”.

I can’t put into words just how much respect I have for our military and those who serve in it to keep our country safe. Several friends of mine served, and I am proud to call them friends for doing so. These men and women, those like Lt. Murphy, deserve acclaim and respect, even though they rarely receive the accolades that they should.

MURPH THE PROTECTOR is shot well and looks great. The narrative is provided by Lt. Murphy’s family and friends as they discuss his childhood and how he grew up in New York. Even at an early age, people could see he was destined for great things. And hearing the stories of his childhood and upbringing as told by those closest to him really brings the man to life.

Lt. Murphy is one of the men portrayed in the new Mark Wahlberg film LONE SURVIVOR. Thus, this documentary is an excellent precursor to watching that film. I highly recommend giving this one a look. It is a poignant and powerful glimpse into a true American hero. The film is available now in a variety of formats.


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