Movie - Act of Valour

JMC

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Hi Gents,

I saw this movie the other night. Proclaimed itself to be very realistic and had current serving US Navy SEALs acting in it. . . . .

As expected I found the storyline to be seriously lacking, but that was not why I went to see it. At the beginning there is a message saying ".....based on real operations, although the story is fictional the weapons and tactics are real."

Anyone else seen it? Have opinions?

I will put myself out there at risk for a slamming, but I quite liked it. I could imagine it being realistic (of course I can?t know), albeit a little Hollywood-iesd. . . . .
 

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I saw it a few nights ago.

The action itself was pretty realistic and the scene where they attack the Indonesian camp, followed by hot exfil into the river was pretty awesome.

Otherwise, the way they interacted with each other was so unnatural, their lines being of the perfect patriotic American soldiers. The military speak was articulated realllyy clearly and unnaturally, which I suppose most of the audience would appreciate.

It was entertaining, but could easily be seen as a nice recruitment tool for the US military.
 

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Might see this film at the weekend, I'm in the mood for some hung-ho action scenes so this looks like the perfect film for that.
 

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Certainly want to watch it, but I don't our cinema is getting it. :S

Anyway, the reviews seem good. The Times described the acting as wooden, but thats to be expected from soldiers nor actors. Duncan Faulkner also threw his two pence in and said he enjoyed the authenticity. He said you could tell they were soldiers, not actors on account of small things like all pockets and pouches done up at all times, rifle barrel raiser constantly (rather than the up down and waving it all about so often seen).

If the Times (usually very harsh on action movies) and an ex-SBS operator rate it then it's certainly worth the time!
 

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Watched it this morning, all in all, not a good film. Some decent scenes, but they were few and far between. 21 Jump Street on the other hand was excellent, go and see it!

To us, and those like us, damn few.
 

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Certainly want to watch it, but I don't our cinema is getting it. :S

Anyway, the reviews seem good. The Times described the acting as wooden, but thats to be expected from soldiers nor actors. Duncan Faulkner also threw his two pence in and said he enjoyed the authenticity. He said you could tell they were soldiers, not actors on account of small things like all pockets and pouches done up at all times, rifle barrel raiser constantly (rather than the up down and waving it all about so often seen).

If the Times (usually very harsh on action movies) and an ex-SBS operator rate it then it's certainly worth the time!
Duncan Falconer*
 

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Duncan Falconer*

Thank you! I'm reading the book and knew it wasn't right!

I've been doing accounts all morning for a company called Faulkner Fisheries. Severe brain drain!
 

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Obsessed with this film for 6 months or so after a known SEAL put it on facebook, absolutely loved it. Storyline was a bit dire but really think the SEALs pulled acting off.
 

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There must be a PERSEC issue with using active service SEALs in a film, surely?
 

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There must be a PERSEC issue with using active service SEALs in a film, surely?
I forget the actual term, but I think they have the equivalent of "Commando Display Team".

I remember seeing David Goggins on a documentary sporting a T-shirt which was repping the title etc.

Plus.
1. They're American, not scared of no one.
2. They killed Bin Laden, say suttin'.
3. They're American.
 

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Certainly want to watch it, but I don't our cinema is getting it. :S

Anyway, the reviews seem good. The Times described the acting as wooden, but thats to be expected from soldiers nor actors. Duncan Faulkner also threw his two pence in and said he enjoyed the authenticity. He said you could tell they were soldiers, not actors on account of small things like all pockets and pouches done up at all times, rifle barrel raiser constantly (rather than the up down and waving it all about so often seen).

If the Times (usually very harsh on action movies) and an ex-SBS operator rate it then it's certainly worth the time!
Yep entierly agree, on the whole as a movie not great. However it was entertaining and I like the less Hollywood style it adopted.

I would reccomend watching, even just out of interest.
 

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Does this film not go against the culture of 'hush hush' that all SF units have? Haven't seen it, but it won't probably change my mind on Booties, UKSF, Aussie Commandoes and Aussie SF being the best over those spams.
 

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Does this film not go against the culture of 'hush hush' that all SF units have? Haven't seen it, but it won't probably change my mind on Booties, UKSF, Aussie Commandoes and Aussie SF being the best over those spams.
Yes it does in a way, but equally it can be seen as propoganda, like a scare tactic. . . . . . "hey look what we can do" sort of thing.

Very different cultures between UK and US SF I'm guessing though.

SEALs have always had a lot more "publicity" than other SF units.
 

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Sorry for the essay:

The PERSEC issue isn't a big one here. Don Shipley, the SEAL I mentioned in the first post, was asked about it on facebook and he said that SEALs' identities aren't too important. Their full names aren't in the film but he said "we're not James Bond!"

BUD/S literally takes place on a public beach, SEALs are obvious in Afghan because they walk around with beards, wear multicams and sometimes even have Trident patches on their kit. Other patches are known SEAL ones as well. Many go as far as having the Trident or other recognisable features (A Frog's skeleton, for example) tattooed.
DevGru will stay secret but the yanks have a different outlook on most of their SoF and this is seen as a great recruiting drive, hence why the US DoD part-funded the film.

We as Brits find it hard to comprehend but apparently many SEALs are quite open about it. They're not boasters - even the rowdiest ones have the typical modesty of every elite force - but end up in a conversation with one and he may be quite open about his job. This is one of Don's hobbies/passions - finding the walts who take advantage of this opportunity to lie, and outing them online.

For those wishing to verify Don Shipley - youtube him. His vids are full of photos of his service days. He was good mates with Mack from Future Weapons. He runs a SEAL Experience course at his home in Virginia (the reason I have him on fb is that I'm saving to go out there for a few weeks)
 

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Wasnt awake for the second half of the film so i couldn't comment :weird:
 
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