Friday, March 9, 2012

Not a Movie Review

Saw "Act of Valor" today.

It's been a long time since I've seen an action movie where nothing bigger than a truck blows up.

I mean a REAL long time.

And they didn't use CGI as a crutch to make up for a lack of plot or character development. They DO use it, but judiciously, and only to give you a clearer view of what's going on.

They also didn't bog down the dialog with a bunch of too-clever lines. Very straightforward storytelling.

It's like if, instead of going out and eating dinner at some fancy $100 a plate restaurant, you stay home and grill up some steaks.

Simple. Rewarding. Satisfying.

Almost off-topic, I've heard complaints that it's a "propaganda" movie, because there are unambiguous good guys and bad guys. After all, modern-day heroes are supposed to be flawed & morally gray.

Well, the Navy SEALs in this movie drink and swear.

Flawed enough for me.


  1. Was a time when recognizing that America is a decent place with decent people trying to do the right thing wasn't considered propaganda.

    Now the only way to "not" be labeled a propaganda movie is to have the Americans be the bad guys and the terrorists be the good guys.

  2. I want to see this so much. I just need a little bit of spare time and a whole lotta self control. Not sure how, ummm appropriate it will be for a woman my age to be standing and cheering "Get Some!" in a theater.....