US pro-war propaganda reached new heights this weekend as Act of Valor hit the silver screens across America. Unlike other war movies, this one was backed by none other than the US war machine itself.
So how has the glorified recruitment tape fared with the critics? Well, it’s not quite worthy of a dishonorable discharge, but there were certainly no medals earned.
“It’s undeniably reverent of the real-life heroes in its cast, but Act of Valor lets them down with a clichéd script, stilted acting, and a jingoistic attitude that ignores the complexities of war,” writes one Rotten Tomatoes review.
“The villains come across as individuals rather more compellingly than do the film’s ostensible heroes, mostly mouthpieces for warrior credo recited in voiceover,” quipped another moviegoer.
But the box office earnings and the metacritic ratings aren’t why the movie was made in the first place. The objectives are to reiterate the worn idiom of American military supremacy, and to ultimately drive up youth interest for the faltering US Armed Forces.
How well the movie will meet those goals remains to be seen. But for an entity with a long history of blowing multi-billion dollar budgets with nothing to show for it, just getting the production on the market is a resounding success.