JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - A special movie screening was held Thursday night in Jacksonville, a the location chosen since it's the home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune. The movie "The Hornet's Nest" uses real footage of the war in Afghanistan. As its creators say, this movie is not based on a true story, it is a true story.
It's real footage of elite groups of U.S. Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan - all shot by national correspondent Mike Boettcher and his son.
Mike Boettcher said, "99% of the American public was disconnected with the less than 1% who are out there serving and that's why I felt I needed to go, not just for two or three days, but for two or three years and tell those stories."
Boettcher and his son embedded with troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan's most hostile valleys.
"I really felt we had not given the coverage that was deserved to these people that we have sent to battle in our name, and I wanted to try to do my little part to correct that," said Boettcher.
Put together from hundreds of hours of film, the goal of "The Hornet's Nest" is to show Americans what our combat troops are enduring in Afghanistan.
Boettcher said, "it's not a war film. Yeah, there's a lot of combat, it's real, but this is a film about family, the bonds that we have in combat and carry with us to this day."
The movie will open to the public in Jacksonville on May 23rd and nationwide on June 6th.