An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which ... Written by
Due to the SEALs deployment cycles principal photography of the film took two and half years. See more »
In the Navy, a Lieutenant out ranks both a Chief Petty Officer and a Senior Chief Petty Officer. So why is it that the Lieutenant in this movie is taking orders from both the Chief and the Senior Chief?
Otto is the LCPO or the LPO which stands for "Leading Chief Petty Officer" or "Leading Petty Officer." It can be confusing for civilians to understand the giving of orders in the military. It's not as simple as any lieutenant in the navy ordering around lower ranks. Officers and non-coms have billets, which are basically like jobs in the civilian world. The Leading Chief Petty Officer is a billet, not a rank. Otto's rank was/is senior chief petty officer, called casually "senior." The LCPO is chosen by the division commander (in this case probably the platoon commander). The platoon commander is usually a lieutenant. commander (equivalent to a major). He commands all the OICs of the individual SEAL teams assigned to that platoon, the boss. The platoon LCPO is an assistant to the commander. He's not personally giving orders to the lieutenant. He's relaying the lieutenant orders from the platoon commander, standing orders of the platoon, or he's tasking the lieutenant rather than ordering him. See more »
Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stopped seeing you as dangerous. I've always remembered that, how being dangerous was sacred, a badge of honor. You live your life by a code, an ethos. Every man does. It's your shoreline. It's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home.
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Gripping battle realism like a Tom Clancy wet dream
'Act of Valor' is an impressive movie about the cult of professional warriors in the age of global terrorism. Directors Mouse McCoy and Scott Waugh collaborated with the US Navy and actual Navy SEALs to give the film a sense of battle tactics and environment on par with 'Black Hawk Down' and 'Saving Private Ryan'. What little is lost in the SEALs' lack of acting chops is more than made up for by honest performances from the men who actually do this stuff for a living and the film's gripping battle realism. The movie sidesteps an overt political point of view, wisely focusing on the men and their mission rather than commenting on the times in which they serve. Watch for a great scene where Navy swift boats extract the SEALs from a Central American jungle with an astonishing display of live fire. Plenty of battle action to see here that you've never seen before. Highly recommended.
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