Skip to comments.Act of Valor: Man, It's Great
Posted on 02/24/2012 1:06:40 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: As a powerful, influential member of the media, I occasionally am given screeners of movies that are due to premiere soon, and I got one. It's indescribably riveting. It opens today: Act of Valor. You know about this movie? They even closed-captioning it for me, Relativity Media did. These are real Navy SEALs who will not be identified in the credits, and one of the reasons they had to use real SEALs? They wanted to use real SEALs from the get go but it turned out they found out they had to because no stuntman was capable of the physical demands of the role. Only the SEALs could pull this stuff off. And the photography in this? I should just mention that. Gosh, it's gorgeous. It's beautiful, but man is this great. Just from the moment this thing opens it's riveting.
RUSH: Act of Valor. Folks, it's a goose bump movie when you realize that real Navy SEALs. This opens with a training jump in San Diego and ends up in the Philippines. They actually shot movie Cambodia, but it ends up in the Philippines where the first act of terrorism takes place. The photography gorgeous, but when you know that real SEALs were used and the Navy granted permission for this? Navy got the raw footage to use this in training videos and so forth. I've only got about ten seconds left here in this segment, so I can't get into much detail, but it opens today. I've had a lot of people talking to me about this the last few weeks, Act of Valor, so I learned what it was. And by quirk of fate, the DVD arrived yesterday, and I watched it. You will not be disappointed.
RUSH: Act of Valor. They made this movie with, it says here, "between 15 and $18 million." They shot this movie on a Canon EOS SD Mark II. That is an SLR camera. That's a $3,000 camera. You will not believe it when you see the cinematography of this movie. Now, what happened, a couple of guys, "Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh of Bandito Brothers Production filmed a video for the Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen which led the United States Navy to allow them to use actual active duty SEALs. After spending so much time working closely with the SEALs, McCoy and Waugh conceived the idea for a modern day action movie ...
"As Act of Valor developed with the SEALs on board as advisors, the filmmakers realized that no actors" or stuntmen "could realistically portray or physically fill the roles they had written and the actual SEALs were drafted to star in the film. The SEALs will remain anonymous, as none of their names will appear in the film's credits." And, of course, the movie has its critics. The left-wing media doesn't like this at all, and they don't like the fact that untrained professional actors were not used. They say these SEALs, you can tell they're not professional actors. They do their lines and it sounds stilted and so forth.
The left-wing blogosphere is doing their best to kill it. Honest to God, they really are. They're afraid of it. Because Act of Valor portrays the SEALs and the US military in as positive a light as you can imagine -- and, by the way, not only in as positive a light as you can imagine, that is deserved, as it should be. It's an amazing thing to come out of Hollywood. It's not a political movie at all. It's just about the SEALs, starring real SEALs. I want to thank 'em for sending me a copy, because I had heard about it. People talked about it. In fact I was out to dinner on Tuesday night and a friend was saying, "I can't wait for Friday. I'm gonna go Friday afternoon and see the movie," and so he's not going to be disappointed. See. Oh, and they used live ammo, I'm told, throughout the movie. Live ammo except in all the scenes that involved sniper shots, sniper kill shots.
RUSH: I got an e-mail, this is a good question. Act of Valor is not a documentary. It's not a training film. It's an action movie. Think the Bourne Identity series, except with a much better story and absolutely real people in real life roles. But it is a story, there's nothing documentary, it's not a remake of some actual mission that took place. These are real SEALs portraying themselves in an action movie. That's what's so unique about it. Made for 15 to $18 million, using a $3,000 camera. And you will not believe that when you see the cinematography. It's an exciting, riveting movie and when you learn that actual, real Navy SEALs are the stars of this thing, that's what blows your mind. And then when you learn that they had to be because they couldn't find actors capable of the physical demands of the roles.
Sounds like I need to make a trip to SLC and see this.
Weird. I just read on Yahoo that the homosexual, desk jockeys in the Pentagon are going to start engaging in a little racial profiling to look for some “minority” SEALS (America needs “minority” SEALS) because the white boys just aren’t cutting it. Being an American just isn’t good enough anymore. You’ve got to have the right color skin tone too. Racial profiling is the answer. Damn liberals.
are you seriously intimating that there are no black/hispanic seals?
that presumption fails the smell test..
ie...arabs and such for covert action. Makes sense.
Not me. The boys at Yahoo and the Pentagram are doing that.
US Army retired so I don’t need to “trust” you. Been there, done that. You also missed my point. IS IT NEWS THAT WE NEED MORE “MINORITIES” AS SEALS? No! Is it “racial profiling”? Yes. Why not just use Americans regardless of their color as SEALS and call that good? I’m tired of all this skin color crap.
When the San Diego Union did a three part story about blacks in Special Ops, Rangers, SEALS, Special Forces, etc, , a few years ago, they said that blacks didn't exceed 2% in any of them.
I watched the film about an hour ago, it was very good I definitely recommend it.
I was in the Army during the draft and didn’t see many blacks in the artillery, they were definitely there of course, but not like in the support units.
In Fire Direction Control, where I started, they were almost non-existent.
I plan on seeing it tomorrow afternoon
Well, Big Sis or Eric the Red ain’t gonna like it ... especially the main set piece of the movie (trying really hard not to be a spoiler!)
These men are so impressive and the whole idea of using Real Navy Seals and Live Ammo is unique.
Besides the movie, the DVD also has interviews with some of the Navy seals. I thought the most impressive was AJay, a former immigrant to this country. He overcame a lot of obstacles to become a Navy Seal. He was 34 years old in Boot camp, having obtained an age waiver.
He had a small role in the movie, but make sure to listen to his interview on the DVD.
They also had some interesting deleted scenes, you could watch. I wish they had left in AJay’s deleted scene where he talked about food while on the mission.
All these men are so impressive. The movie is well worth purchasing to add to your movie collection.