I understand that directors McCoy and Waugh apparently had a great time working with the SEALs on their last project, the documentary short Navy SWCC. But these two know nothing about staging an action scene, especially considering they wanted to use the real SEALs in this film in order to show off their use of live ammunition and true Navy artillery in action. All this shows are real SEALs now even more out of their element as they are not actors. Just goes to show why it took the directors eight months to convince them to even star in this.
Meanwhile, sitting in the audience, we still know that it’s all just another day in Hollywood. We’re still watching just another fictional dramatization based on “true acts of valor.” And the biggest problem of all is that it’s shot so amateurishly that there’s not even any excitement to make you able to turn off your brain and enjoy the show. Just because one truck blows up real good, doesn’t justify an Act of Valor on the filmmakers’ parts.
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