On the other hand the haters decry the film with statements like:
This is merely Navy recruitment propaganda!
To this I can only say: Since when is military service not a noble pursuit?
Well, name one noble thing the U.S. has done with its military this century?
Operation Tomodachi. Gottcha!
Here’s a quote from a Huffington Post article complaining the film isn’t anti-military enough: “There are no corrupt officers, no damaged heroes, no queasy doubts about the value of the mission or the virtue of the cause.”
Love the stereotyping as much as I do? It’s okay to have a prejudice as long as it’s aimed at the correct group. In this case, service members.
Here’s another brilliant observation from the same article:
“The terrorists’ international flavor presents a nice representative sample of U.S. enemies and bogeymen from the past half-century, though their most important trait is their inability to properly fire their guns.”
Right, because Hollywood populates its films with henchmen who are also marksmen. This is why Rambo and John McClain have survived for five films. Let’s also ignore the fact that anyone who has ever fought our enemies can tell you from personal experience the bad guys tend to be lousy shots. Spray and pray seems to be their rifleman’s mantra vice breathe, relax, aim, squeeze…
So go out to the movies this week and feel good about America for once. See Act Of Valor. See it twice since I can’t see it out here .
If you want to see more feel good featuring your veterans go check out High Ground, a documentary produced by Don Hahn and directed by Michael Brown. It premiered at the Boulder International Film Festival recently. Everybody has issues and obstacles in their lives. Our response to them defines our character.
Some climb mountains, others merely occupy space and steal good oxygen.
Go check it out!