Well now I’m torn….I want to say this wasn’t a bad film because it stars SEALs, but on the other hand I want to be honest and say it was shit. Ok so the film is called Act of Valor and it’s about one SEAL team that goes on multiple missions around the world to save a CIA agent and foil a terrorist plot. Now you have to understand that these are SEALs not actors so yeah the acting sucked. On the plus side the action was realistic, but then again these guys actually know what they are doing and do it for real so of course they can pull it off.
Now let me just pause here and get you up to speed, I grew up with one dream and that was to be a U.S. Navy SEAL. I spent a great deal of my youth studying the SEALs, and learning as much as I could about the teams, at one point I even tried to find retired SEALs just to talk to them, I wanted it that bad! Obviously to anyone who knows me and has seen me with my shirt off knows that was never going to happen, that and the fact that I couldn’t even get into the Navy thanks to a back injury I had from 7th grade football. When it comes to the Navy and even more so the SEALs I will defend them to anyone who says the Army or the Special Forces are better. And you know who you are…
Ok now that I’ve got that out of the way, I have to trash this film. This was horrible, not only the acting which I can forgive because again these were SEALs not actors, but just the story was terrible, the whole thing was unbelievable. The action was the only thing that was realistic but even then the directors fucked that up and put the camera in first person mode so it was more like you were playing Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 3 rather than just watching real operators do what they do best, hell they even had the sound of them breathing just like in the games! Now yes the SEALs can deploy all over the world on a moments notice but there is no way they are going to have one team doing all these missions all over the place in such a short time span, the SEALs would handle the sea based missions sure, that’s what they do after all, but the land based missions would be handled by other elements or SF or since it was all based on a CIA mission the CIA could send in their SAD teams. I’m so disgusted with this film I don’t know what more to say right now.
Basically this was the Navy’s new way to recruit people into the Navy with hope of being a SEAL and of course what they won’t say is that of all the 18 year old hormone filled young men who join because of this film, 99% won’t even qualify for BUD/S, and the few that do qualify only 2% will make it through with out washing out or ringing the bell. Basically this film should have just began and ended with the Uncle Sam poster saying “I want you for the US Navy” because that’s all this was, an over blown recruitment film.