Act of Valor
Act of Valor follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs. The filmmakers had unprecedented naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.
This is a movie which demonstrates the very title in a few scenes, i.e., “acts of valor.” But sadly, it is one of the most violent movies I have recently seen. Blood flies and sprays various objects in this one. If you will pardon the expression, the “red” badge of courage is pretty constant in this picture and the violence doesn’t let up much. I did see a woman crying at the end of the picture after a deceased soldier is honored so it apparently hit close to home, but viewers will have to wade through a lot of killings.
One of the questions in the plot of the film is whether a soldier who is going to be a dad will return safely to hold his newborn. Sadly, despite its message of the acts of valor and sacrifices of so many of our soldiers, the violence level prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly picture.