An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. 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. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which ... Written by
The "recruits" are speaking Tagalog (Philippine native language) rather than Spanish as the subtitle suggested. See more »
In the Navy, a Lieutenant out ranks both a Chief Petty Officer and a Senior Chief Petty Officer. So why is it that the Lieutenant in this movie is taking orders from both the Chief and the Senior Chief?
Otto is the LCPO or the LPO which stands for "Leading Chief Petty Officer" or "Leading Petty Officer." It can be confusing for civilians to understand the giving of orders in the military. It's not as simple as any lieutenant in the navy ordering around lower ranks. Officers and non-coms have billets, which are basically like jobs in the civilian world. The Leading Chief Petty Officer is a billet, not a rank. Otto's rank was/is senior chief petty officer, called casually "senior." The LCPO is chosen by the division commander (in this case probably the platoon commander). The platoon commander is usually a lieutenant. commander (equivalent to a major). He commands all the OICs of the individual SEAL teams assigned to that platoon, the boss. The platoon LCPO is an assistant to the commander. He's not personally giving orders to the lieutenant. He's relaying the lieutenant orders from the platoon commander, standing orders of the platoon, or he's tasking the lieutenant rather than ordering him. See more »
Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stopped seeing you as dangerous. I've always remembered that, how being dangerous was sacred, a badge of honor. You live your life by a code, an ethos. Every man does. It's your shoreline. It's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home.
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I had the chance to screen this movie months ago, though the movie was in the final stage and needed a few tweaks I couldn't have been more happy with how it turned out. I am a son of a true Navy Seal, the stories that I heard my father tell when growing up all seemed to be written from a script. There hasn't been a movie that has portrayed the life of a Seal and his family that accurately points out how hard things really are. I am very happy that I had the chance to view this film, it has enabled me to see some of the good and bad situations my father and his Seal friends could have and have been involved in; along the precession that is required of them. For those that have voted this down because of the acting, you knew going into it who the actors are, also this is not a movie about acting, it's a story about the lives of Navy Seals, it just so happens that they get to show you great action clips of what things are really like.
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