WHILE EVERYONE IS CROWING ABOUT THIS MOVIE…AT LEAST DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL SAW THROUGH THE TRIPE AND HYPE….
“The movie, which debuts in theaters today, goes to great pains to tell you that the largest terrorist plot against America is perpetrated by a Jew.”….What could have been a decent made-for-TV movie with real-life Navy SEALS trying their hands at acting, instead became an anti-Semitic diatribe in which the main terrorist financier and torturer of CIA agents is, not Muslim, but Jewish. ”
G. MURPHY DONOVAN A VIETNAM VETERAN SAYS THIS:
Socialist realism is making a comeback in some strange places — Hollywood and the Pentagon are good examples. Like the Soviet propaganda flicks of yore, the good guys are ten feet tall, and the bad guys are ambiguous nitwits. The action film Act of Valor purports to show “active-duty SEALs,” an elite cadre specially trained for covert warfare, in operations “based on true events.” For openers, it’s hard to quibble about the hype for feature-length propaganda, but it’s also difficult to reconcile “true” anything and a Hollywood film crew.
And the nonsense about secrecy is just that. Special Forces, and what they do, haven’t been secrets since the Kennedy administration. If special operations are clandestine, you might ask, why is the Department of Defense in bed with Tinsel Town again? If the covert Navy is on a heading from cloak and dagger to Hollywood Boulevard, recruiting numbers should hit bottom in no time. True warriors make poor actors, and the best actors often make implausible warriors.
Beyond advertising misnomers, this film fails as a recruiting incentive and as art. Indeed, nearly two thirds of the early professional reviews are negative. And let’s not be too quick to write off the media for their usual liberal bias. This ham-handed attempt to glamorize the Special Forces deserves all the bad press it gets. The whole project looks like a poorly made, and politically fishy, video game.
Kathyrn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (2008) was an award-winning piece of military realism a few years ago because the film had good actors and great writing — sparse and laced with grim humor. Act of Valor has none of this. Hurt Locker had the look and feel of a documentary, because the director had the good sense to step back and avoid the usual Hollywood bravo sierra.
Who in the Pentagon or Department of Defense thought it was a good idea to show real SEALs fighting a fake enemy? Are we not fighting a real Islamists in what is now approaching half-dozen real Muslim countries? All the real action is in the real Muslim world — yet Act of Valor would have you believe that the bad guys are Russian drug dealers, Chechens, or Filipinos with weird accents. Are we to believe that the worldwide terror campaign against peace and civility flourishes mostly in the Caucasus or Mindanao?