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First trailer and poster for real Navy SEAL film Act of Valor aims to entertain and possibly recruit you

Oct. 13, 2011by:

The elite operations force of the United States Navy known as SEALs (SEa, Air and Land Teams) have always been a popular go-to group in Hollywood. Today, they're likely even more popular thanks to SEAL Team 6's dispatching of Osama Bin Laden earlier this year (we'll of course be getting the film KILL BIN LADEN from Kathryn Bigelow almost exactly a year from today).

But all that shit is fake. Hollywood Fake. The remedy? ACT OF VALOR, a new action film from directors Mike 'Mouse' McCoy and Scott Waugh starring real, active duty SEALs. The story is fictional, however, and judging from the kind of action that's on display in the trailer below, I'd guess that there's probably a good amount of Hollywood movie magic at work nevertheless. So... fake. I don't understand the whole "real weapons" thing the trailer advertises. It's not like they're using real bullets...

ACT OF VALOR opens February 17th.

Synopsis: 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.



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Extra Tidbit: McCoy and Waugh have created ads for the military in the past, which is likely why the trailer shows a film that plays like a feature-length recruitment video.
Source: Yahoo! Movies

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5:39AM on 10/13/2011

I can dig it.

You know, after this comes out, I can see the recruitment percentage going up quiet a bit. Looks pretty bad ass to me.
You know, after this comes out, I can see the recruitment percentage going up quiet a bit. Looks pretty bad ass to me.
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9:50AM on 10/13/2011
Looks good. I hope all you people saying this is a recruitment video realize that the SEALs are incredibly and extremely difficult to get in to. I don't think people are just gonna' make an irrational decision to join one of the most elite combat forces on Earth. In other words, shut up.
Looks good. I hope all you people saying this is a recruitment video realize that the SEALs are incredibly and extremely difficult to get in to. I don't think people are just gonna' make an irrational decision to join one of the most elite combat forces on Earth. In other words, shut up.
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5:24PM on 10/13/2011
Really your telling everyone to shut up. Stay classy.
Really your telling everyone to shut up. Stay classy.
7:25PM on 10/13/2011
The idea is that people will join thinking they may be like this someday. Saving lives and doing your duty. It would be a pretty shitty recruitment video if they showed the crappy jobs that people who join didn't think they'd be doing.

No one joins thinking they're going to be fighting Decepticons, but that doesn't mean that Transformers films aren't good recruiting tools.
The idea is that people will join thinking they may be like this someday. Saving lives and doing your duty. It would be a pretty shitty recruitment video if they showed the crappy jobs that people who join didn't think they'd be doing.

No one joins thinking they're going to be fighting Decepticons, but that doesn't mean that Transformers films aren't good recruiting tools.
3:13PM on 10/13/2011

Looks Good

Don't really understand the whole using real seals thing. Kind of like a gimmick to me. I mean the story is fictional so the "real" Seals can now call them selves "real" actors. But either way I'm always up for a good military movie.
Don't really understand the whole using real seals thing. Kind of like a gimmick to me. I mean the story is fictional so the "real" Seals can now call them selves "real" actors. But either way I'm always up for a good military movie.
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9:31AM on 10/13/2011

The only easy day was yesterday

I'll check it out
I'll check it out
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2:29AM on 10/14/2011
so it's like a full length call of duty film? I can dig it! How did they have time to film this movie with all of their Seal dutys too?
so it's like a full length call of duty film? I can dig it! How did they have time to film this movie with all of their Seal dutys too?
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4:06PM on 10/14/2011
Wow! This is the first I've heard about this film and it looks absolutely incredible.
Wow! This is the first I've heard about this film and it looks absolutely incredible.
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5:52AM on 10/14/2011
I can't wait, but the poster is actually incorrect.. yesterday was not an easy day. I overslept. I was late for work. I burned my tongue on my coffee. They forget to give me low sodium soy sauce with my sushi at lunch. I got a wicked nasty paper-cut while tearing a sheet of paper off a pad on my desk. I scuffed my new shoes on the sidewalk while trying to get a cab. And to top it all off, I had to wait almost 15 minutes for my table to be ready at P.F Chang's even though I had a
I can't wait, but the poster is actually incorrect.. yesterday was not an easy day. I overslept. I was late for work. I burned my tongue on my coffee. They forget to give me low sodium soy sauce with my sushi at lunch. I got a wicked nasty paper-cut while tearing a sheet of paper off a pad on my desk. I scuffed my new shoes on the sidewalk while trying to get a cab. And to top it all off, I had to wait almost 15 minutes for my table to be ready at P.F Chang's even though I had a reservation. So don't tell me Navy SEALS have it rough. I know about rough.
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4:19AM on 10/14/2011

Why do they have time for this?

Shouldn't they be invading a country or something? But I guess this recruitment-add is important too. The army needs new soldiers. That's just the way it is: The rich start them, the poor fight them, the young die...
Shouldn't they be invading a country or something? But I guess this recruitment-add is important too. The army needs new soldiers. That's just the way it is: The rich start them, the poor fight them, the young die...
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5:33AM on 10/14/2011
I agree the army needs new soldiers, but aren't these guys in the Navy?
I agree the army needs new soldiers, but aren't these guys in the Navy?
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9:10PM on 10/13/2011

Real Bullets

They did use real bullets in some of the filming... mostly in the SWCC boat scenes. You can see real tracers, and real branches falling from a tree. (There's a pickup truck getting lit up too, and it's not from squibs.) The Navy treated these scenes like real training ops, and SEALS train like they fight, with live fire.
They did use real bullets in some of the filming... mostly in the SWCC boat scenes. You can see real tracers, and real branches falling from a tree. (There's a pickup truck getting lit up too, and it's not from squibs.) The Navy treated these scenes like real training ops, and SEALS train like they fight, with live fire.
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4:13AM on 10/15/2011

Hmmmmmm

I honestly can't think of the last time we had an all-out propaganda film being released in theaters. This legitimately makes me feel uneasy.
I honestly can't think of the last time we had an all-out propaganda film being released in theaters. This legitimately makes me feel uneasy.
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9:09AM on 10/13/2011
Fucking recruitment ad! Anybody that actually wants to sign up to kill people are psychotic. I just hope that the brain dead masses see past this blatant recruiting tool.
Fucking recruitment ad! Anybody that actually wants to sign up to kill people are psychotic. I just hope that the brain dead masses see past this blatant recruiting tool.
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9:53AM on 10/13/2011
same thing here... !
same thing here... !
1:14PM on 10/13/2011
the only thing more brain dead is not knowing that people have to be killed so you can live in the comfort you do that allows you to be a pussy. and the only thing more cowardly than not being willing to do that killing is to criticize those who do.
the only thing more brain dead is not knowing that people have to be killed so you can live in the comfort you do that allows you to be a pussy. and the only thing more cowardly than not being willing to do that killing is to criticize those who do.
5:31PM on 10/13/2011
Killing people leads to other people's comfort?
You're confusing that with; invading other countries and stealing their natural resources so Americans can live in comfort.
Killing people leads to other people's comfort?
You're confusing that with; invading other countries and stealing their natural resources so Americans can live in comfort.
9:32AM on 10/14/2011
Do you think those men like defending your freedom to be a dickless coward? I hope karma kicks your ass for saying that shit.
Do you think those men like defending your freedom to be a dickless coward? I hope karma kicks your ass for saying that shit.
2:30PM on 10/14/2011
I'd argue that wanting to kill people and defending people aren't always 100% the same thing. But I tire of the armed forces people saying they fight their fights so we don't have to. We have a volunteer army, and so the people "defending our freedom" do it willingly. I didn't ask them to go to Arghanistan or Iraq, but they did it anyway. I'm mildly comforted by SEAL Team 6's victory, but don't ask me to believe your propaganda.
I'd argue that wanting to kill people and defending people aren't always 100% the same thing. But I tire of the armed forces people saying they fight their fights so we don't have to. We have a volunteer army, and so the people "defending our freedom" do it willingly. I didn't ask them to go to Arghanistan or Iraq, but they did it anyway. I'm mildly comforted by SEAL Team 6's victory, but don't ask me to believe your propaganda.
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