I have a confession to make. I haven’t carved out nearly enough time the past couple weeks to read and I’m only about a third of the way through the book I selected for this review.
Act of Valor.
This is a war movie. A guy’s movie. Or so I thought. The blurb for this movie says this:
“A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.”
Sounds like a guy-flick, right? Wrong. This movie is all about defining heroes and, being a romance writer, I’m all about heroes. Don’t misunderstand me. This also has the ugly side of conflict. There are things I didn’t want to see, but even more that I did.
This story was derived from real events that real SEALS dealt with. Not only that, the SEALS in the movie were not actors. They were active-duty SEALS. I read an interview where the directors said they originally planned to use actors, but these guys were so dynamic, they put them in the roles instead.
That strength showed in their intensity and focus under fire. It showed in the cadence of their voice, in their familiarity with the terminology, in their devotion to family and to country.
I decided after watching this movie that devotion is what defines heroes and I was completely mesmerized. I could not tear myself away.
So, if you don’t mind the action, I recommend this movie as the most realistic look at what it takes to be husband, father, friend, and Navy SEAL.
And many, many thanks to all those who serve. Wow.