Act of Valor

May 07, 2012

I'm very excited to be heading to the 2012 Military Blog Conference at the end of the week. I posted earlier about attending and Fox contacting me. I received a screener copy of Act of Valor and will be meeting with Scott Waugh, the Director, on Saturday.
I recommend listening to this song by Keith Urban, that is at the end of the movie,while you read, or take the time to sit back and listen to it. It makes me extremely emotional. You'll never know the strength of Honor, Courage & Commitment until you're married to it. 

Several years ago, my husband verbally gave me a list of military movies to never watch. Not because they are bad, but because, like any girlfriend/fiancé/wife, I would worry more. I have a general idea of what my husband does. I know a little bit more about what is going on than the news tells you. I know what the news embellishes and I know what the news ignores to share. I love being in the know (journalism background) but it can also hurt to be in the know. What does this have to do with Act of Valor? This movie should probably be on the list of "you're a military wife, do not watch" list.

The movie is about an elite group of SEALs embarking on a covert mission. Most, if not all, of what SEALs do, we do not know about. Act of Valor gives us civilians an inside look and really opened my eyes as to how badass they really are. It's impressive. If you're not familiar with the movie (still in theaters)  during production, after the SEALs became frustrated that they were not being accurately depicted, they were invited to play key roles in the cast. (Something I'm really interested in talking to Scott about)

Overall, I thought Act of Valor was an outstanding movie. It was written and directed better than most movies I have seen. Before watching the movie, I figured I would be thinking to myself throughout the movie "that would never happen," "that's so fake." It's even worse when I watch movies like this with my husband, who wasn't home when I watched it.

Without giving anything away, during the first half of the movie I was on the edge of my seat, eyes wide open and hands over my mouth-the "oh shit" "holy crap" "oh my God!" looks. I should've recorded myself watching it. I don't typically like watching people get shot, but for some reason when it's the enemy, it doesn't bother me. The second half of the movie I spent trying not to cry (fail). I was playing out the movie in my head and all of the 'what ifs' if we lived that lifestyle. No one wants to get the 'just incase' letter and no one wants to know that their husband has written one.

Yes, this is a vague review. I encourage civilians and military members to see the movie. I thought it was outstanding and I had to keep reminding myself the it really is only a movie. I can't wait until my husband watches it, I want to see if he loves it as much as I did, or if he sat there thinking "this is so fake" "this would never happen" "they didn't hold the weapon right (I notice that stuff now)" etc...

When I return from the 2012 Military Blog Conference, I'll dig a little deeper into the movie after I talk to Scott.

If your husband is deployed, don't watch this movie.

I will leave you with an amazing poem from the movie:
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Semper Fi,


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