Here come the good guys!

As much as it pains me to heap praise on the Navy let alone SEALs, I have to admit I am rather jazzed about Act Of Valor. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m just excited to finally hear about a film that doesn’t portray military members as sociopathic, ignoble, baby killers.  So far I have heard nothing but good things about the movie from the average American. 

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!
America’s 1stSgt

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7 comments

  1. Top,
    Funny thing….I’d estimate that over 99% of all those I worked with in all the branchs were not corrupt and ALWAYS tried to do the right thing…(some just didn’t know how to do it). I never heard anybody come to work and say: “I’m going to do something corrupt or stupid today.”

  2. I am so psyched to see this movie! I am making plans with my brother to go and see it later this week, so hopefully it will work out.

    The Huffing and Puffington Post’s opinions are worth dog crap, and their distaste of the movie is not working. “Act of Valor” got 25 million dollars on opening day, double the size of their budget, and it was the #1 film last week. I expect that it will continue to do so.

  3. Was at the pictures today, and saw the trail for this – it looked good…

    What really stuck with me – and you’ll think this petty but i rather think it indicates the film-makers’ attention to detail and thus the quality one might expect of the picture itself – they’ve bothered to change the spelling to “Valour” for the UK market. 🙂

    I just need to keep an eye out for when it screens over here.

  4. Possibly because I never made it that high up the food chain, but I don’t remember running into “corrupt officers” during my career.

    Stupid ones, mean ones, lazy ones yes, but not corrupt*. Did this reviewer mistake us for somewhere else?

    *the TMO at Lejeune while I was stationed there who was taking kickbacks doesn’t count because I never met him.

  5. America’s 1st Sgt:

    Glenn Reynolds reminded me that today is blogger appreciation day. Have I told you lately how much I enjoy your blog? I do!

    Semper Fi,
    Paul L. Quandt

  6. CI Roller, things like hard facts and logic do not factor in to some people’s determination to live in fantasy land.

    Erika, if you read the comments on that article it was great to see everyone blasting HuffPo. Hollywood will merely brush off this films success as the unwashed masses bad taste and inability to appreciate true art.

    Magoo, it’s all part of our cultural sensitivity to others.

    Shay, either way the corrupt one is the exception, not the norm. Evil doers would have you believe military officers are all Darth Vader.

    Paul, thanks! I appreciate being appreciated.

  7. I went to see this on Sat. I was very pleased that it didn’t go down the usual hollywood route of trashing the Military. The theater was completely full and at the end credits where there was a list of all of the Navy Seals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in these conflicts, you could have heard a pin drop. I will go see it again.

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