Last night I went out with a friend and we watched “Act of Valor”. So I thought I’d share a brief review. As for firearms, you get plenty…lots of explosions, etc, etc. The sound of Gatling guns….one day I’ve got to shoot one of those.
What is interesting in this film is that it utilizes real “active duty” U.S. Navy Seals and other personnel. (UPDATE: Per this article they also utilized scenes involving live fire instead of blanks.) As such, we see aspects in this film that you seldom see in other films. One of my favorite scenes is when a sniper has an enemy standing on a dock sighted in. But the sniper doesn’t take the shot and you’re left wondering why – until a minute or so later another SEAL slowly pops-up next to the dock. The sniper than takes the shot, while the other SEAL catches the fallen body to soften (and quiet) it’s impact into the water.
There were a number of interesting tactics used in this film. Including how to smuggle someone out of a room quickly and without much notice.
Where the movie lacked was on some dialog moments. You could tell the dialog at times came across choppy and less consistent than in a typical Hollywood film. But mind you, many involved are professional soldiers NOT professional actors. We do not get to see the names of these serviceman, understandable.
Act of Valor, is very reverent to servicemen. And the credits which honor our fallen soldiers and their families pretty much left me in tears. (And left me royally pissed off that our politicians are such cowards that they will send young Americans to war, but are terror filled and afraid to declare it such. How does America tolerate such cowardly leaders – I do not know.)
The ending also included an inspiring poem, attributed to Tecumseh (and a few other Indian chiefs):
Live your life
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, 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 Its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time 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.