Watch out, Arnold -- the real-life action heroes are here. Act of Valor, to be released on February 24, stars current active-duty SEALs. Besides being action-packed, anyone who believes that movies should be realistic and not necessarily politically correct should see Act of Valor. In addition to reviewing the movie, American Thinker interviewed those associated with the film.
Right from the start, the movie is very intense. Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh, who directed and are executives of the production company, Bandito Brothers, wanted to make the first authentic action film. They cast eight SEALs to make sure their characteristics came across so that people can understand the difficulty of their missions, and how they risk their lives without any public recognition. Although they prefer to be known as the "silent warriors," the eight SEALs decided to star in the movie to make sure their stories are accurately presented. Waugh commented that each SEAL cast member had multiple deployments and was highly decorated. For realism, they all were involved in the operational planning of the movie. "They would take out a white board and plan it like a mission."
The electrifying story begins in the Philippines, where the SEALs are assigned a mission to rescue a CIA operative captured by a drug cartel. From the intelligence gathered, a plot is discovered that teams Islamic jihadists with the drug cartel to sneak suicide bombers across the Mexican border and into the U.S. McCoy made sure that all the missions in the film have actually happened in some form, including the horrific torture scene. He wanted to show that "the way those held captive overseas are tortured is mind-boggling. We felt that we pushed it as far as was graphically possible. There are really bad people who do really bad things."