The Hornet's Nest

Synopsis: Career Journalist Mike Boettcher takes his son to the war zone in Afghanistan, covering U.S. Combat Troops on the front lines. What starts out as an effort to reconnect with his son, becomes a remarkable true story and fight for survival for all.
Production: Freestyle Releasing
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


That's gonna be pretty

upsetting for him.

No one's ever dared

to go in there.

You think that's gonna

cause a ruckus?


Get over here!

- What is that?

- RPG.

That thing's brand-spanking-new.

I'm down here, on

Objective Richmond,

I don't know what it is.

A couple box of fuses.

Definitely an indicator that we

caught them by surprise. Break.

- Hey, Zee?

- What's up?

Give me eyes on that bridge

at your eleven.

Get down around here now!

Get something in front of you!


Roger. We're shooting.

We got contact up on the hill

Holding six, moving three-six.

Bostic's shot...

My name is Mike Boettcher.

For the past 34 years,

As a war correspondent,

It cost me my relationship

with my family


You name it.

So when it was time for me

With or without my permission.

He said, "I need to know why

you chose your work over us."

As much as I wanted to say no,

So off we went...


father and son.

The only trick was...

we had to come out of there alive.

Looks like they attached

two different wires

For power? Where does it go to?

Right into the house.


What were you saying again?

He's next to the vehicle. Why?

So you're a good luck charm?


Son of a bitch!

- Yeah, still warm.

- Still warm?

Yeah, we got a bunch of these

that we were just shot at

Very deadly when it hits you.

And then watch me.

Hey, I'll either go up,

He's still too low!

Oh, nice.

One person injured.

They are reporting

everything's okay right now.

Good. It's not gonna be okay.

They don't, they don't know

what's about to hit 'em.

Roger that.

I need to go to the left of that.

Give me, uh, three shots

right there for right now,

- Yeah!

- Good hit!

Whoa, baby!


dark knight four-two.

There's a false bravado involved.

Uh, they just haven't fought us yet.

How close were those bullets

coming to you?

Gunfire buzzes

when it's close enough to you.

Steve Lutsky, Colonel Lutsky.

I expect these guys

to risk their lives

It was a fight to stay alive

when you were with Steve Lutsky,

And sure enough, we were.

Tag two, tag one, over.

They saw three, uh, possible insurgents.

They were regressing

straight south from that location,

The problem was, the Taliban found us

before we found them.

I'm up here...!

The problem is, you had no idea

where they were firing from.

You couldn't see 'em.


Snipers firing from this...

from the tree line over there.

Snipers firing at us from the tree line

just over there,

behind some cover, but not much.

- They want us to go up.

- Okay, okay.

Okay, I'm going.

Here we go.




I had no idea

if he was alive or not.

I wasn't a reporter then.

I was being a pop.

And the one thing I

could not let happen







What the hell

were you thinking?

You okay?

To the best of my ability, I was.

Hey, by the way, their aim sucks.


Ambushes along the road

Ambushes along the road

are one of many reasons

- All right. That was good.

- Any suggestions?

You all right?

These are the first houses

that they would bring him to.

Hear any of the shooting?

Yeah, we heard the fighting.

One of them was wounded,

Watch your head.

What the hell is this?

I, I don't think

you're Taliban,

We have to arrest the insurgents

and tell them they're not welcome here.

That's a roger.

Yeah, we're en route at this time.

Hey, uh, I need to know

if this situation...

We need to know when you think

we should come in from the south,

- Sixfour, roger.

- That'll be six-four-six.

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