Act of Valor – 2012
Directed by Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh
Starring US Navy Seals, US Navy Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, Roselyn Sánchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera, Alex Vedov,
Screenplay by Kurt Johnstad
I am an American. I live under the protection of the men who are portrayed in this film… portrayed by the men themselves. I am not fit to judge their actions, other than to say I am grateful for them.
As a reviewer, I can tell you I was moved to suspense, laughter, pride, empathy and tears while watching Act of Valor. Technically, this film is astounding. Seeing the prowess of our military in its awesome splendor takes one’s breath away. These people spend their lives getting better constantly. Their equipment is the best we can afford. They are worth more than the best we can afford, but they often make do with what they have.
By now most know the story started out as a documentary with the Navy, and took a life of its own as a screenwriter documented some of their real missions to present their lives in as real a way as possible.
Even if Act of Valor‘s script has anything in the way of themes we’ve seen before, I would venture to say that it is because it is a reflection of the things that humans do (or try to do) to each other, and the things that honorable men and women of service do to prevent those things.
The acting really doesn’t feel like acting, because the film features real Navy Seals. It was discovered that no actor could perform the same physical feats that these guys do. I know and work with more than a few military. These folks have a different brand of conversation, meant to pass information and encouragement at once.
I will tell you no more, other than to say that if you are lucky to be the citizen of a country where your military is just and righteous and working for God, Country and Family, you should see this film. And thank any veterans you see.
In conclusion, I leave you with the words of a soldier taken from Act of Valor:
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life. Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
(***** out of *****)