The wide ranging and highly adaptive SEALs in their element doing what they do best. Sneaking and peeking, snooping and pooping, then putting lead on target. Center mass boys, center mass!
Going to see Act of Valor today and I am pretty fired up about it. This is supposed to be the real deal folks. It is filmed using honest to god active duty operators during real training and actual missions not a bunch of sniveling, whining, bitching and complaining actor pukes on some phony Hollywood set. I heard that it took ’em four years to shoot this thing.
I passed up an opportunity to screen this movie because of a scheduling conflict and now I am kicking myself for missing it. Coop dude and I are gonna be at the first showing. I will let you know what I think.
UPDATE – Well, first and foremost I whole heartedly recommend that you go see this movie. Beyond that I think it speaks for itself. Just remember that these are real SEALs, real TTPs, and real gear slash equipment being used to tell a fictitious but plausible story (actually the story is based on real missions). In this case the actors with the biggest parts are the technical advisors and that gives this production ground breaking authenticity. What a concept. To say this movie is unique doesn’t do it justice.
A few things that stood out to me.
First, I don’t know why it was different but I really liked the way the picture looked. Seemed more rich, crisp and vivid than other movies I have seen.
Second, it was a good story and I like the angle it took.
Third, they did a pretty good job of capturing the essence of your average everyday SEAL, at the least the ones I know. Laid back but not to be screwed with. Intense but composed, focused and effective when things get serious. Smart but smart asses too. There is just something about guys that hang it out for a living, these guys hang it way out and it isn’t just for the thrill of it. What they do is deep down, bedrock foundation important and that is the difference, the depth I see in most of the Spec Ops guys I have spent time around. The acting may have come off a little stiff sometimes but I will take authentic people over slick actors every day of the week and so apparently will the guys behind the making of this movie.
And, lastly, one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my entire life was kiss my wife and kids good bye then turn around and climb into a helicopter that was burning fuel waiting on me. I knew where we were going and what we were going to be doing, that there was a chance that I might not ever see them again yet I went any way because I was part of that crew. An incredibly difficult act to rationalize slash justify in real life and a real challenge for the makers to capture both sides of the dilemma on film but Act of Valor does it about as good as it can be done. Clearly, they get it and in so doing have probably earned free drinks at SEAL bars on both coasts for life.
Best lines –
“did we get her”
“that’s some high speed shit”
“you live your life by a code, an ethos…”
“the worst thing about growing old is that younger men stop seeing you as dangerous”
Well done guys. Great movie.
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