Skip to comments.Video: The greatest war movie ever? Act of Valor
Posted on 10/14/2011 6:09:29 PM PDT by Hojczyk
Via Jonathan Last, this is as close as most of America will ever get to watching real SEALs in action. How do I know? Because the troops here are all played by active-duty Navy SEALs. Really.
It started out as a training video and things just sort of ballooned:
Act of Valor has an unusual backstory. The film, directed by Mike Mouse McCoy and Scott Waugh, started out as a training video for Navy SEALS. The Navy liked what they saw so much that they decided to turn it into a documentary.
Then, they decided to make a feature, and hired screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) to create a fictional story about a squad that goes on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.
Another interesting aspect of the upcoming feature, which will hit theaters on February 17, is that the SEALS are played by actual SEALS. The bad guys, however, are played by actors, including Emilio Rivera and Roselyn Sanchez.
This sort of thing has worked before. And thanks to the SEALs new place in the national consciousness post-Bin Laden, there are bound to be curiosity-seekers swinging by the theater who might not have bitten on this last year. Exit question: How much at the box office? Over/under is $50 million.
Update: Commenters are wondering whether the Navy put up the money i.e. our money to bankroll this. Good question. Maybe thats the way well finally eliminate the deficit. All Obama needs to do is finance ten or twenty thousand superhero blockbusters and were out of the fiscal hole.
is my fav
I think “Patton” was probably the best war movie I have ever seen. I had read a couple of books about him and the movie was surprisingly reliable.
It was also good entertainment.
The first time I saw “Tora Tora Tora” it was really disappointing. Seeing it a couple of more times it got better. Same for “Midway”.
A real disappointment was “MacArthur”.
It’s been years since I’ve gone to the movies but we went to see Courageous last week. They had the trailer for Act of Valor. I’m going to make a point to see this.
Not a bad movie...but “Patton” is still the best in my opinion
I give “Black Hawk Down” a big thumbs up for being a great war movie. “Saving Private Ryan” was good as well. The series “Band of Brothers” was fantastic.
Kelly’s Heros. Going at the krauts old school.
Band of Brothers
To me, the best war movie ever made.
Another good one was “Sgt. York”. Absolutely loved Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle.
No one else could have jumped and danced around singing “Give me that old time Religion” without looking weird. Brennan simply made me want to do the same thing.
Except for the voice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXzT_j8NZsg&feature=related
Well the tanks were wrong too but it would have probably been impossible to find dozens of Shermans and Panthers to make a movie.
Patton was no doubt an outstanding movie. One that makes you proud to be an American.
However, on the subject of war, I prefer to watch it through the perspective of the subordinates rather than the officers. I don’t like tidy movies where everything makes sense either.
For those reasons, I give the nod to Das Boot as the greatest war movie ever made.
Hell, All Commando Baracko has to do is star in one more blockbuster like this and he can retire the national debt all by himself...
Das Boot was really depressing to me. Of course being on one of those U-boats especially late in the war would have been awfully tough. Their losses were extreme.
I personally think the soldiers who most unappreciated are the combat engineers. They were the first to land at Normandy and suffered 80 percent casualties. They had to clear obstructions to the landing craft. We would never landed without them.
In the Battle of the Bulge, the combat engineers were the last ditch forces left to defend then destroy bridges.
The leader of the tanks which were to break through to Antwerp said “ those damned engineers stopped us by blowing bridges and fuel dumps just as we got to them.
“All Quiet on the Western Front”
Groan. Tanks have to be the worst part of WWII movies. Operational Shermans and T-34's were still to be found in the 1970's although they were seldom used. Only recently have enough Panthers, Tigers and Jagdpanzers been pulled from Eastern European bogs, lake bottoms and river bottoms and restored to operational condition that realistic WWII movies are possible..
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
BEST War of Northern Agession movie hands down is GODS & Generals, BY FAR-!!!
The combat medic and the corpsman get my vote. However it takes every swinging Richard plus the gals to support one infantryman or marine. How many tell you -”I was a clerk in combat or a supply type?” Not many, but; we damn sure need them.
“All Quiet” was a very anti war movie. It was not preachy nor did it try to show the soldiers as evil killers.
Anti war in the right way in that we need to know what we are sending those young men into before we do it.
I agree, Das Boot was the greatest war movie ever made. It must have been tough in the late years of the war for U-boat sailors. Das Boot made you feel it.
A war movie once considered the greatest movie ever made is now considered racist and the D W Griffith award has even been retired.
While doing research on my family from SE Georgia I began reading contemporary accounts, small town newspapers, letters etc. of the period right after the Civil War.
I concluded that not only was “Birth of a Nation” accurate in it’s portrayals of the Black Union troops and the Klan, he probably even pulled a few punches. It was actually worse than the movie. Now the world has changed so much that no historian would admit it even if he knew what happened. Finally after so many women and children had begged the Union General in charge to remove the Black troops, he finally decided to risk the ire of the radical republicans in congress and pulled them out.
To Hell and Back
Main actor Audie Murphy played himself
Can’t get any more real than that PERIOD
The zip sound of those shells coming in has never been matched.
Kelly’s Heroes is my fav WW2 film. Downfall is also very good.
definitely looks kick ass
my bro was a seal and recognizes some of these guys from training, looks amazing!
Jawohl, and ‘Saving Private Ryan’ was pretty moving.
Another vote for Kelly’s Heroes. When I worked at a video store, it was one of the first movies I purchased. I’d love a “director’s cut” but I know it’s probably impossible.
Not surprisingly, I know a 90-something, WWII tank-driving vet who simply hates war movies. He loves vintage comedies and animated stuff: Miyazaki and Pixar movies. Boggled.
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Heroes of Telemark
I agree. I liked ‘’Kat’’.
“Northern Aggression’’? You mean “Southern Sedition’’, don’t you?
“You mean Southern Sedition, dont you?”
You took the words right out of King George’s mouth.
He had no more use for slave owning rebels like George Washington than you do.
“The Patriot” was a pretty good war movie.
Well if it isn’t my favorite Confederate on the compost heap! Thing is though George Washington set his free, didn’t he.
“The Brest Fortress”
“We Were Soldiers” was very good
. . . This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall neer go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he neer so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accursd they were not here. . .
Compared to "Pearl Harbor", it's a masterpiece.
What those guys do for real goes beyond any fiction story.
“Thing is though George Washington set his free, didnt he.”
It’s nice to see you try to make the old boy fit into the neo-Yankee mold. A couple of Washington slaves were indeed emancipated after a fashion. Both Ona, Martha’s maid, and Hercules the cook ran away when the Washingtons lived in Pennsylvania.
The Washingtons had taken 9 slaves with them to Philadelphia. At the time Pennsylvania was abolishing slavery and slaves kept in the state more than 6 months would be declared free. So George had them rotated back to Virginia inside of 6 months to prevent that from happening.
At the time of his death the Washingtons owned more than 270 slaves. Martha emancipated the 120 that had belonged to George about a year after his death. Upon her death the remaining 150 were inherited by her children.