Fox Theater in Banning California was where my husband, my 12 year old daughter, and myself spent our Sunday afternoon. We got our treats and headed for some seats. This posed to be a tougher task than I thought. The theater was filled to the brim we had to sit very close to the front. Not my favorite spot…I like the back. When the movie ended the room exploded in applause and cheers. A Marine shouted Hoo-Rah. Many left crying, myself included.
“Act of Valor” is a hit on multi-levels. It evoked emotions unlike most modern war movies, exploring what a military families life is like from the soldier himself. Using real life Navy Seals to tell the story of a real life mission was brilliant. If that were not enough, real footage of seals were used. This added an element of realism to an already highly impacting and emotional movie.
Hollywood must be perplexed knowing that Act of Valor was number one at the box office, bringing in $24.7 million in its opening weekend. Not too shabby for a movie made for around $13 million. Produced by the Bandito Brothers, this movie did everything different and in my opinion right. The film was shot with Cannon 5 D Mark ll Digital SLRs and edited on HP Z800 workstations using Adobe CS 5.5 Premier Pro and Dark Energy to clean up the Noise in the film. The total cost for the equipment less than $20,000.
Beyond the technology used, the real heart of the movie came from the SEALS. They came across tough, raw, and real. This movie turned me into a crying, angry, and proud American. I cried because I cannot imagine what it is like to be the wife of a deployed soldier. The one that see’s their spouse leave for duty and knows it may be the last time they see them. Angry because I do not think we honor our military the way we should. I also have an issue with how our media treats our service people. This movie finally let them speak with limited filters. I am aware that there are things the military cannot share for their safety and ours. This movie did a good job at allowing those of us who will never be military get a glimpse into how they live. I was proud to see the courage and strength of our military portrayed in a positive light.
Myself and my husband have never served in the military. However, we are both huge supporters of the military. In some of the projects I have worked I have had the opportunity to interview military men, women, and their families. I asked them about their experiences. Some of the things that the SEALS did in the movie were the same things that the soldiers I interviewed did in terms of what they took with them on deployment. I do not want to spoil any of the movie so if you have seen it this makes sense to you. If you have not go and see it. This movie changes everything about movies in a good way. I give it a top rating.
By: Melissa Anderson
Photos By: Rockwell Anderson Media (Melissa and Wes Anderson)