Act of Valor
Those real characters of Navy SEALS famous for their shock and awe actions are appearing in a theater near you. The “Act of Valor” started showing on theaters on February 17, 2012. It made $24.7 million on its debut weekend and was on the top of the box office charts. This is a phenomenal movie premiere for a non-Hollywood film. The movie uses real life, active duty U.S. Navy SEALS and live ammunition. The “Act of Valor” is now playing over 3,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
The movie follows real life U.S. Navy SEALS as they embark on a fictional covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative. Navy veteran Captain Duncan Smith developed the story and the production company Relativity Media made the movie.
It is not without controversy. Some say it glorifies the actions of Navy SEALS. After the shock and awe of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, SEALS may deserve the honor. But the real criticism may come from other countries especially from Middle East when it goes on worldwide release later.
The shock and awe here is the U.S. Navy agreeing to make the movie with active duty personal.