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Act of Valor Trumps Hollywood’s Asinine Squalor
Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2012 | Doug Giles

Posted on 02/26/2012 4:00:36 AM PST by Kaslin

Finally, a 21st century movie that doesn’t portray our military as corrupt, stupid, confused torturers who murder innocent babies.

Act of Valor, which opened this weekend, features active (and anonymous) Navy SEALs in the re-creation of real events that showcase our crème de la crème rescuing our operatives and crushing our enemies in an OMG type of way.

I’ve got two words for the manner in which our boys were depicted in this flick … Sa-lute!

If I were a wannabe enemy of the U.S.A. (foreign or domestic) I’d be crapping my cargo pants (or tunic) after viewing Act of Valor—chiefly because our special forces are some bad mamajambas who have the tools and the tenacity to jack you up.

Yep, be afraid, villains, as our troops are effective ministers of God poised, ready and willing with stealth and style to inflict the wrath of God on those who do evil. I’m talkin’ Romans 13:1-5 style. Look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Another thing that I truly enjoyed about this film was the unambiguous patriotism of the soldiers and their families. Yep, no whining about their missions from their families or the SEALs who sacrificed their lives and limbs for God and country. It almost felt like I was in America again as I watched this movie. It was weird—but a good weird.

Even though it’s shocking to see our troops displayed in a magnificent manner within this Occuculture that loathes them, it was not a shocker to me; I have had the good fortune to spend time with many of our special ops and other soldiers in hunting camps from Alaska to Texas and have found them just as the movie displayed them: consummate class acts without a hint of the BS Hollyweird has smeared them with over the last decade.

I can’t say enough good things about this movie. In the theater in which my wife and I watched it we spotted several older gents and couples who sat in their seats and silently wept as the credits rolled. It was sacred.

I’m sure all the scabs and the venomous wood lice of the Left are going to crawl out from under the rocks where they dwell and bash this war pic, but that’s alright. Our SEALs and others have afforded you the right to be stupid and bray your insanity by keeping bad guys at bay, both at home and abroad, and thereby giving you the wherewithal to play your silly and ungrateful games against our fair land.

Lastly, parents, take your teenagers to see Act of Valor. Maybe, just maybe, some of the courage, patriotism and dignity depicted in this film will erase the film this crappy culture has slimed your kid with.

God bless America, our warriors who protect her, and those involved with this movie. Amen.


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To: Savage Beast

This is not a “inside” Hollyweird film. It is a must see for everyone. Protest the Hollywood Left by buying a ticket. Heck, get your friends together and go, but make sure you go.

I’m betting this will be one for your DVD collection.


101 posted on 02/26/2012 4:03:40 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Recon Dad

The guys couldn’t get more real since they are the real deal. Everything was real. The guys did a great job for acting neophytes. Top notch.


102 posted on 02/26/2012 4:07:01 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: nuconvert

It’s a military movie, so what do they expect? Yes there is blood and gore, but tell them to look away. The squeamish folks need to understand what we are up against, not just by words. They need to get mad at the enemy rather than squeamie. But then that’s just me.

You go and then tell them what you think.


103 posted on 02/26/2012 4:12:56 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Kaslin

Then you’d have to question the mentality of the military. When I served in the Army in the ‘70s the F word was prevelant. Probably hasn’t changed. It’s like using the word “man” that was widely used in ‘70s, or “bitchin’”, or others. It was a bad habit that was accepted and had to be broken by the user.


104 posted on 02/26/2012 4:19:48 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice
God bless the man who saluted.

The left could care less about the slaughter of innocents. Marxists started with the premise of murder and continued terror and murder in the achievement of power. One can point to numerous acts of murder and terror committed by leftist governments and individuals and today's leftists could not care less. It is only when the leftists are being persecuted that they begin to really care about human rights - THEIR human rights. They will never admit that they were wrong.

I have seen AOV twice and I know that I will see it at least one more time.

105 posted on 02/26/2012 4:31:44 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: oneamericanvoice
"When I served in the Army in the ‘70s the F word was prevalent."

Hey I was in WW II. There was a fellow from NJ who was going back to Harvard when he got out. He intended to write a paper on the use of the F word as used in every part of speech. He said it was the most powerful word every used in its flexibility.

106 posted on 02/26/2012 4:38:10 PM PST by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: 9YearLurker

It was a concern of ours too, however, the movie didn’t show everything. Plus, I’m sure SEALS wouldn’t particate in a movie that jeapordized their fellow SEALS. Nor would this have been made without approval. What better way to intimidate the enemy (hopefully). And if the enemy blows this off as just Hollywood, then our guys will blow them off. Win-win.


107 posted on 02/26/2012 4:38:47 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Sirius Lee
And really, how likely is it that a recruit with personality flaws is going to make it into the program, let alone make it through BUD/S?

The cowards, the narcissists, the vain : they are unlikely to have the heart it takes to make it though the program. There is a reason why there is such a tough initiation.

108 posted on 02/26/2012 4:54:13 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Carbonsteel

Except they are the greediest bastards in the world. If it makes money expect an Army version, and even a coastie version. Does the Air force do anything cool anymore?

Just kidding....


109 posted on 02/26/2012 4:56:29 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: usconservative

SnakeEater didn’t have the complaint, he’s just repeating what he heard. You are right about the Senior Chief’s speech. It was a great one. Spot on about living our lives as they do.

I didn’t know Martin (cousin on brother-in-law’s side) very well. I only met him twice with the last time at Christmas three years ago. He was one of the funniest, family oriented, warm people I’ve known, and committed to his Special Forces career. Unfortunately, his son who wasn’t born will not get to meet his outstanding dad. Martin was killed in action last year in Afghanistan. Wish I could have known him better. AoV is as much a tribute to SF as it is to the SEALs. God bless ‘em all.


110 posted on 02/26/2012 5:06:25 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: ScubieNuc

Thank you to you and your wife for raising such a fine man who would answer the call.

As for removing the troops from the Stan and redeploying them to the southern border, keep in mind that we must meet the enemy wherever it’s evil heads appear. The octopus analogy that was once used for communism is still relevant, but there are more than one octupi in the “ocean”. This one has tentacles all over. I recommend seeing “Charlie Wilson’s War” as a way of understanding why we’re in Afghanistan now. And since we are there, it is untenable that we should leave.

God bless your son and your family! Please contact Operation Gratitude so his unit can get boxes this drive.


111 posted on 02/26/2012 5:34:15 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: NavyCanDo

I disagree. We should not retreat from Afghanistan. We can put troops there, but we have to walk and chew gum. Global terrorism is like an octopus. We have to be able to confront it wherever. The SEALs are global, not regional. Would you have the Navy keep the ships just off our shores? Rather than cruising the seas and oceans? Probably not. Same applies here.


112 posted on 02/26/2012 5:39:38 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: nuconvert
I’d like some feedback on blood, gore, for the squeamish.

Lots.

Good guys jack up bad guys with extreme prejudice.

It. Was. Awesome.

113 posted on 02/26/2012 5:44:36 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: MikeSteelBe

Should have put a spoiler alert in that one, or just simply said that it isn’t what some people are trying to paint. My boyfriend had heard the same thing, and was reluctant. I told him that I bet it was a secular Jew (obviously) since an observant one wouldn’t do this. We went yesterday. He’s upset with the person who told him.

By-the-way, I didn’t think the Russian guy (Crisco...hahaha) was a merely a drug smuggler. He was more of an opportunist. Either way, scum.


114 posted on 02/26/2012 5:45:05 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Stepan12

You clearly didn’t understand the movie.


115 posted on 02/26/2012 5:50:32 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: sig229
We are heading out right now to see the Movie... Hope to avoid the crowds. 4pm show.

My husband and I saw the 2:15 show for the same reason. It was sold out - we just made the cut.

116 posted on 02/26/2012 5:54:06 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: ex-snook

Thanks for your service!

So they were using it back then...wow. I didn’t think it came along til the ‘70s. Wonder if that guy ever wrote that paper. It would have been interesting. I tried to get the guys to not use it around me. Guess how that worked out. Then I somewhat picked up the bad habit of cursing, until I met my boyfriend. He doesn’t curse (around me at least). We’re both educated and fairly intelligent, so to do so would demonstrate the opposite. We have good vocabularies (especially him). Don’t need to cuss to express ourselves.


117 posted on 02/26/2012 5:55:34 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice
SnakeEater didn’t have the complaint, he’s just repeating what he heard.

I understood that, implied in SnakeEater's comments however was that they were inclined to believe those "complaints" and appeared to be basing their decision on whether or not to view the movie based on those complaints.

My intent in my response was to get SnakeEater to put aside the "complaints" and make up his/her own mind by going to see the movie. As for me, I'd purposefully not read any reviews of the movie. Part of what influenced me to go was an interview with the two producers on Fox News this past week. They seemed to be genuine in their respect and admiration for those who serve our country, and I personally had no interest in seeing a "hit piece."

I'm glad I went, the movie raised my level of respect for all who serve up another level. Via that movie, we were given an insight into the lives of our country's best and brightest that we'd otherwise never see. For that, it was worth the price of admission - and a whole lot more.

Given your own connection to one of those great men portrayed in the film, there is a unique, special significance for you that the rest of us may likely never know. You met a great man who served a calling far greater than himself. He, his wife, and son whom he won't meet on this earth should have our unending respect and gratitude for their sacrifice.

118 posted on 02/26/2012 6:16:37 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: oneamericanvoice
SnakeEater didn’t have the complaint, he’s just repeating what he heard.

I understood that, implied in SnakeEater's comments however was that they were inclined to believe those "complaints" and appeared to be basing their decision on whether or not to view the movie based on those complaints.

My intent in my response was to get SnakeEater to put aside the "complaints" and make up his/her own mind by going to see the movie. As for me, I'd purposefully not read any reviews of the movie. Part of what influenced me to go was an interview with the two producers on Fox News this past week. They seemed to be genuine in their respect and admiration for those who serve our country, and I personally had no interest in seeing a "hit piece."

I'm glad I went, the movie raised my level of respect for all who serve up another level. Via that movie, we were given an insight into the lives of our country's best and brightest that we'd otherwise never see. For that, it was worth the price of admission - and a whole lot more.

Given your own connection to one of those great men portrayed in the film, there is a unique, special significance for you that the rest of us may likely never know. You met a great man who served a calling far greater than himself. He, his wife, and son whom he won't meet on this earth should have our unending respect and gratitude for their sacrifice.

119 posted on 02/26/2012 6:20:02 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: oneamericanvoice
SnakeEater didn’t have the complaint, he’s just repeating what he heard.

I understood that, implied in SnakeEater's comments however was that they were inclined to believe those "complaints" and appeared to be basing their decision on whether or not to view the movie based on those complaints.

My intent in my response was to get SnakeEater to put aside the "complaints" and make up his/her own mind by going to see the movie. As for me, I'd purposefully not read any reviews of the movie. Part of what influenced me to go was an interview with the two producers on Fox News this past week. They seemed to be genuine in their respect and admiration for those who serve our country, and I personally had no interest in seeing a "hit piece."

I'm glad I went, the movie raised my level of respect for all who serve up another level. Via that movie, we were given an insight into the lives of our country's best and brightest that we'd otherwise never see. For that, it was worth the price of admission - and a whole lot more.

Given your own connection to one of those great men portrayed in the film, there is a unique, special significance for you that the rest of us may likely never know. You met a great man who served a calling far greater than himself. He, his wife, and son whom he won't meet on this earth should have our unending respect and gratitude for their sacrifice.

120 posted on 02/26/2012 6:20:09 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Stepan12

Wow, Stepan, could you get this anymore wrong? And using Goebbels regarding the Jewish character...you’re kidding, right? You didn’t see this movie, otherwise you wouldn’t A) be so wrong on the characters, and B)calling it garbage when it is approved by SEALs and acted by SEALs.

First. Christo wasn’t the head of the Chechen Muslim terrorist group. The other asshole, Shaban, was. Shaban recruited Fillipinos to carry out the acts. Christo was aiding an old friend who had converted to Islam. Christo was the financier. Second. Christo was not an observant Jew, but a Jew by heritage and blood. Third. There are and always have been Jews that did evil things. There were Jews that worked for the Nazis in the ghettos and the camps.

Since you’re so bold about how you feel, why not give the woman’s name who rated it? What do you have to hide?

I’m betting you’re from Daily Kos since you’re so vile. Or could it be Huffington? Your inane ramblings prove that this movie is spot on because whenever the Left gets nasty you know you’re doing something right. I’m buying another couple tickets just because of you.


121 posted on 02/26/2012 6:20:19 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: usconservative

Woa! No idea what happened there ........


122 posted on 02/26/2012 6:20:51 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Recon Dad

I just saw it up here in the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) and...

There was applause!


123 posted on 02/26/2012 7:08:07 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: NavyCanDo

Thanks. Here is the IMDB page on The Thief.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124207/

A friend of mine gave me the DVD and I watched it with my wife and we were just crying our eyes out, it was so incredibly moving.

Doing some research I came to the conclusion that this movie was indeed buried BIG TIME and it goes without saying because it went against two things liberals love to celebrate and promote: Single motherhood/fatherless kids and Marxism, both of which this movie absolutely destroys by showing its true reality, its ultimate result.

This movie also came out at the same time as that other foreign movie, the clown movie that made light of the holocaust: “Life is Beautiful” which of course Hollywood threw awards at. Yes, death camps and the holocaust is always a good backdrop for comedy. Meanwhile a movie like ‘The Thief’ which portrays reality is shoved under the rug.


124 posted on 02/26/2012 7:13:20 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I’ll keep looking. My massive DVD library has several titles that were very hard to locate, such as Song of the South. The search is half the fun.


125 posted on 02/26/2012 7:23:45 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

The search was to easy. Amazon had several region 1s used copies for sale. I’ll be watching it by this time next week. Thanks again for the tip,


126 posted on 02/26/2012 7:43:13 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: rlmorel
I just saw it up here in the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) and...

I saw it last night in Houston. Audience reaction was more like satisfaction that someone, somewhere, finally gets it.

Kudos to the operators, the depiction of their ops was amazing and inspiring. I've never seen a nuclear submarine from that perspective before.

127 posted on 02/26/2012 7:49:19 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: oneamericanvoice

I went to see this movie tonight, and came away very impressed.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see our military personnel portrayed in a positive, non-stereotypical way.

There was blood, splattering of wounds and so on, but I only saw one part that I thought was fairly graphic, and if you even blinked, you would miss it.

For those of you who are familiar with firearms, you might appreciate (as I did) the different way that gun fire was portrayed audibly. I recognize that many Freepers with far more experience may disagree with me, so I will humbly defer to them in this. This definitely wasn’t Rambo. There wasn’t a lot of spraying gunfire (at least from the Navy SEALs), and the ammunition handling seemed more in line with the US Navy SEALs that it did with a Hollywood action movie. But the gunfire itself was interesting. Again, this is my opinion… but almost every Hollywood movie you see that has gunfire in it, the sound is very, er, “trebly” for lack of a better description. It always sounds somewhat staccato with the treble turned all the way up.

It seemed to me that the gunfire in this movie very much have a thumping bass component to it, which I found very interesting.

I also found the end of the movie very moving. I think, if you have ever been involved in one of those ceremonies personally, it carries even more weight. Another interesting thing for me was seeing the credits of US Navy SEALs killed in action.

I know that we have lost a lot of our best in the last decade, in training accidents and actual warfare, but see that many of them was a little bit of a stunner for me.

It reminded me of the 1st time I saw “The Wall” in Washington DC.

It was early in the morning, and there wasn’t very many people there at the time. I got to walk along from one end to the other without having someone walk in front of me.

I begin by looking at all the names on one panel and realized the toll by being able to physically make the extension to however many panels there were.

As I walked along, I tried to read one name off of each panel, but even that was too much. There were so many.

That was a little bit of the feeling I got when I watched the credits roll with the names of all those US Navy SEALs killed in action.

And that other poster Stepan12 was off-base in his evaluation. The focus was clearly not on that fellow as much as it was on the actual leader of the Islamists. And by the way, I loved the way they portrayed the team member who interrogated the guy. I had to laugh out loud every time he called him “Crisco”. That was beautiful!


128 posted on 02/26/2012 7:50:15 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: lentulusgracchus
"...I've never seen a nuclear submarine from that perspective before..."

Ha...I laughed when I read your post! As my brother and I walked out, I said "This is odd, but you know one of the things that stuck with me? When they looked down at the top of the sail as the sub dived! I have seen subs in a lot of different ways, but never that one, and it was awesome to see."

Good to see I wash't the only one.

129 posted on 02/26/2012 7:56:26 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: oneamericanvoice

My family and I were laughing later when we discussed the Senior’s interview of “Crisco.” They caught on that he knew all there was to know about “Crisco” before he started talking to him.


130 posted on 02/26/2012 8:11:33 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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as a general comment.... there are some very very very very bad movies that get high viewer ratings.


131 posted on 02/26/2012 8:18:54 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t go to movies but Rush mentioned it on his show and I decided to see the Matinee. All I can say is wow. What I enjoyed about the movie is the fact that real Seals were in the movie.

Though they weren’t the smooth talking actors, they came across as real because they were. They made Stallone look like a boy scout.

Go see it.


132 posted on 02/26/2012 8:38:27 PM PST by Psycho_Runner (I never voted for change, I prefer folding money.)
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To: oneamericanvoice
Since you’re so bold about how you feel, why not give the woman’s name who rated it? What do you have to hide?

Jim Robinson does not want the woman's name mentioned. I would prefer not to be kicked out of here if I can help it.

133 posted on 02/26/2012 8:50:47 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: Enterprise

Saw it last night. The audience broke out in applause at the end. Cool. And great movie, too.


134 posted on 02/26/2012 8:50:58 PM PST by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: rlmorel

Is that due to live fire being used In the movie?


135 posted on 02/26/2012 8:59:22 PM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: dcwusmc

While the audiences I was in were silent, I find applause to be appropriate also. Either mood reflects something profound to the people who see this movie.


136 posted on 02/26/2012 9:39:08 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Recon Dad

I am hoping for the best for viewing results for the movie. Today being Sunday, it should put the movie over 30 million, and perhaps the next week will also be good once the word gets around. Let’s cross our fingers.


137 posted on 02/26/2012 9:42:11 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: rlmorel
As I watched, I began to wonder if all the physical training isn't to harden them for all those 12-hour, flat-assed plane rides in Marine Corps C-130's. That has to be one of the draftiest, coldest, shakiest, most teeth-rattling modes of travel that there is. Most troops get what, four flights a year in and out on a deployment? These guys are wheels-up for Nowhere twice a month, it seems like.

The mechanics and choreography of the insertions and extractions is just dazzling, though. And the toys are pretty damn cool. I know a couple of guys who want one of those bass boats!

138 posted on 02/27/2012 2:45:42 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Chipper

Don’t know, but the difference was very noticeable to me...


139 posted on 02/27/2012 3:16:20 AM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: lentulusgracchus

I rode in one once flying to Yuma from Jacksonville...it seemed to take a REALLY long time to get there...particularly flying across Texas...I had no idea at the time Texas was that big...:)

I agree on all those points!


140 posted on 02/27/2012 3:21:11 AM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: KneelBeforeZod
there are some very very very very bad movies that get high viewer ratings.

At IMDB.com, the audience rating reflecs the opinions of perhaps 200 - 20,000 audience reviewers. About 200 is the minimum number of ratings to get an average than means anything; anything less is liable to be manipulated by campaigning.

The "Metascore" is a numerical score reflecting a scalar scoring of the critics' reviews in the entertainment media. So Medved's in there, and Roger Ebert, Gene Shalit, Richard Corliss, and whoever else may have written one.

So I evaluate the film's press on IMDB through the audience appraisals and the "adults' opinion" reflected in the Metascore -- with the proviso that these are Hollywood "adults".

141 posted on 02/27/2012 3:42:02 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: M. Thatcher

Not many were there, Daytona race could have made the difference here.

Well anyway, did need a Kleenex at the end. Great movie.


142 posted on 02/27/2012 4:59:43 AM PST by sig229 (The loonie left "FLUNKED" human nature 101)
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To: Uncle Lonny
Being the best of the best is evidently “racist” to the “liberal” crowd if blacks are not proportionately represented in the same percentages as in the general population.

When anyone thinks aobut social engineering the SEALs, they had better consider that if they have that kind of juice and end up in a bind, they only want the very very best to pull their fat out of the fire. Anything less, they will have played diversity games with their own lives.

As it stands, those who earn the Trident, earn it, and it should stay that way.

143 posted on 02/27/2012 4:47:46 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kaslin

These Seals are representative of an entire military made of of volunteers; people who are ready to do violence so that we Americans can sleep securely in our beds at night.
How many of you are aware that your present administration has plans to reduce healthcare benefits and increase premiums for coverage of the dependents of these heros?
How many of you are aware that lifetime retirement benefits are awarded to a US senator after one term, and to a US congressman after two?
How many of you are aware that these same public servants have created laws that state, if you, as a business owner, are involved in interstate commerce and have a retirement program for your employees; you must vest them in that retirement program after five years of service?
How many of you are aware that members of our military who seperate, or are seperated by a reduction in force before reaching 20 years of service, are not vested in retirement benefits? They get nothing.
How many of you are aware that both parties are aware of and condone this practice?
See the movie, “Act of Valor” and consider if something doesn’t need to be done about this situation?


144 posted on 02/27/2012 6:14:09 PM PST by TayNinhCrusader10
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To: Kaslin

You know I have to register dissent on this film.

I saw the trailers; the scenes and action are superbly well done. It is worth the money I am sure.

But I don’t think this is a good idea. Oh I do believe we need more patriotic films, especially a John Wayne actor who we feel we know and trust. No it’s not the patriotic theme of the movie that I frown on, it’s not the fact that the movie makes us feel good to be Americans; nothing like these reasons are why I think it’s a bad idea.

What makes this film a bad idea is that it reveals real special force personnel and real methods. It’s too revealing.

Because the actors are real Navy Seals and the action is based on actual events that happened, this movie can be studied by an enemy to look for weaknesses. I don’t like the film because it allows an enemy to learn.

When Hollywood makes a film about our brave men and women in uniform, at least in the days of John Wayne, one could leave it up in the air if the action was based in reality or fantasy; Hollywood’s magic making could leave an enemy wondering if the action was real or not.

I sincerely hope the large box office returns of ‘Act of Valor’ will encourage them to do more patriotic films, find real actor hero characters like John Wayne so that we can escape into a quasi-fantasy or think it is maybe reality and be made to feel proud to be an American. But I hope they use real actors next time and keep a blurred line between what methods and weapons are magic and which could be real.

/critic


145 posted on 02/27/2012 7:24:47 PM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: usconservative; oneamericanvoice

OK, ladies, calm down. Wife and I just got back from seeing “Act of Valor” (for our 8th wedding anniversary outing).

My thoughts:

1) The complaints I read about the lack of “normal, flawed people” turned out to be unfair in my opinion. It just wasn’t that kind of movie. The SEALs hanging out at home or at the bar/beach with each other was about 2% of the film. The rest of it was them in their element, doing what they do for a living—and they’re quite good at it. If it was going to be more of a character study type of movie, then the complaint would hold water.

2) The acting was surprisingly good. I was expecting some cringe-worthy moments, but considering these guys are all 100% amateur actors, I thought they did great. Certainly don’t expect any Academy Award nominations, but I was never pulled out of the film by a lack of believing the performances.

3) The action scenes are well-done. The standout is the first action sequence to recover the CIA lady. Awesome stuff there. The later raid in that small village made me want to go back to Iraq to get that rush of adrenaline again—there’s nothing like it.

4) The editing in the beginning is an absolute mess. The first thirty minutes or so of expository scenes are pretty hamhandedly done. It was unnecessarily difficult to track who was who and where and why. The film could’ve used a much better editor at the computer. LUCKILY, given that the movie is generally about SEALs kicking ass and taking names, it’s mostly irrelevant. The story settles down into something more manageable later on and is much easier to follow.

5) The First Person view was WAAAAY overused. I know I’ll take some crap for this, but if this was a pre-”Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” world, it would be impressive. The filmmakers were obviously trying to get you to feel like “You are a SEAL on this mission” but I’ve already done that same thing literally 100s of times on my Xbox. It really felt like I was watching someone playing a video game that I couldn’t control, and it was just plain annoying. I didn’t think it was inappropriate, just that it should be used sparingly—and it wasn’t.

Overall, a great movie that I really enjoyed, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s one the fence about going to see it.


146 posted on 02/29/2012 7:03:46 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Agree with your comment regarding the editing job in the first 30 minutes. It was "confusing" at first, until one realizes that the producers are trying to set the context of the movie in that first 30 minutes, albeit rather hurriedly.

Beyond that, an awesome movie.

Happy anniversary to you and the better half there, missy. ;-)

147 posted on 02/29/2012 8:09:44 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: indydcinnc

Saw this yesterday afternoon. First movie I’ve bothered to go to the theater in 4-5 years. TELL EVERYONE TO GO SEE IT. You will not be sorry. The liberal reviews are absolutely the opposite of what you will see. The people in the theater broke out into spontaneous applause at the end. Well worth the $9.50 matinee ticket, and I felt that by buying the ticket, I was sending a message. The Seals are incredible.


148 posted on 03/04/2012 6:08:29 AM PST by Bladerunner
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I looked up Hunger Games, because if I had heard of the books I didn’t remember... on IMDB it was already a top rated movie with about 20K votes before it even came out....

Also if you look up Blue in Black and White on amazon, you’ll see a bunch of fake reviews by occupy people whining about the author/photographer who is SFPD.

And lets not even get into yelp.com’s brand of garbage...

Not saying Act of Valor is bad...just that online reviews are pretty much useless


149 posted on 03/28/2012 1:08:06 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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