Sunday, July 08, 2012

MOVIE: "Act of Valor" *****

Just saw "Act of Valor" (2012) as a Netflix rental but will be buying the blu-ray edition in the near future. I loved the movie and will want to add it to my DVD collection. The story line according to IMDB:
An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission...
This movie is about the American warrior ethos. Men who are willing to kill Americas enemies without being conflicted or agonizing over it.. As is stated in the movie  "there are damn few" For all the reasons Rodger Ebert didn't like the movie I do! Ebert who was in SDS in college writes:

 Act of Valor" is gift-wrapped in patriotism. It was once intended as a recruitment film, and that's how it plays.
So what's the problem! We need more movies like this.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie:

LT Rorke: 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.
~ Chief Tecumseh (Poem from Act of Valor the Movie)

One of the opening quotes from the movie:

 “He said the worst thing about growing old is other men no longer see you as dangerous…dangerousness was sacred,” ..... “Your father was a reader. Churchill, of course, but also Faulker and books about Tecumseh.” 

 “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill