I am currently sitting in a movie theatre at the Palms casino eagerly anticipating the pre-release screening of Act of Valor, a movie about Navy SEALs made using SEALs as actors. It has all the potential to be a great war movie, and in about three hours we’ll know the truth. Stay tuned.
Home Entertainment Act of Valor – The Anticipation is Killing Me
Like war movies? Try ‘Das Boot’ or ‘Paths Of Glory’.
+1 for “Das Boot”. Genre defining submarine film. I love how the sailors’ skin gets paler and waxier as the film goes on.
Sadly, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for a movie made with non-professional actors. At least we know they did the stunts themselves, though.
Pretty sure the SEALS have incorporated theater courses into their training regimen. Right?
We just got back from the theater, and the verdict is…
We fucking loved it. The shooting sequences were filmed with live ammo instead of blanks (and it makes a big difference), and the action is so intense it was actually disorienting.
It’s an unabashed salute to the SF community and Navy SEALs in particular, and it certainly won’t find favor among those who despise our military. It’s not overtly political in any ‘red vs. blue’ kind of way, but there’s always been a segment of our society that loathes or fears all things manly or martial. They’ll hate this movie as though it were directed by George W. Bush himself.
But if you’re like me and think Kelly’s Heroes and Black Hawk Down are truly great films, you’ll love it. Maybe Nick and I will post a longer review tomorrow.
Favorite war films…Das Boot..Downfall…Pacific…Band of Brothers…Private Ryan…Windtalkers…We were Soldiers Once..