- The general promotional premise. I heard a Fox News interview with the directors/producers/doesn't really matter, in which they said the movie began with traditional actors and Navy SEAL consultants, but that the creators decided if they used actors, they wouldn't be telling the SEALs story. But consider this: the soldiers aren't playing themselves, they're not recreating a true life mission, and many of the plot happenings are wildly implausible.
- The wooden under-acting and crazy over-acting that lets you identify the SEAL actors from the "actors."
- Grenades that destroy entire city blocks.
- Surprising levels of anti-semitism. The two main bad-guys are a Jewish drug runner and an Islamic terrorist who you find out was converted from Judaism--and the script goes far out of its way to point that out.
- A soldier is shown in montage to have a huge "God Bless America" patch on his helmet. That patch is never shown again, even though he's still wearing the helmet immediately after the scene.
- The bad guy's snidely whiplash laugh in the first scene of the movie.
- The plot revolves around new explosive jackets filled with ceramic ball bearings to avoid metal detection. The scheme is described along the lines of "Seven 9/11s"
Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:52 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:26 AM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:34 PM
One of my friends who's actually served in the military loved the movie and claimed it was one of the best, most accurate films about Navy SEALs he'd ever seen. He also was very eager to see "Atlas Shrugged" when it came out. Draw your own conclusions.
ETA: The Internet acquaintance also tweeted, "It only now crystallized in my mind that ACT OF VALOR is the non-ironic TEAM AMERICA that we've been waiting for." Which says it all. (I should also add I haven't seen the movie, because when you loudly brag about how your movie stars real Navy SEALs, it just makes me think you couldn't get any real actors interested.)
Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:59 PM