“Act of Valor” Takes Down “Good Deeds” to Win Box Office Weekend

“Act of Valor”, a Navy SEAL action movie, easily beat Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” ticket sales on Friday with a figure of $9.1 million (“Good Deeds only hit $5..5 million. It is expected by Sunday night that the action flick will gross over $25 million, easily the number one new release of this weekend.

“Act of Valor” is a movie by Relativity Media, whose promotional campaign included the fact that the film stars authentic military personnel. It was written by Kurt Johnstad, and directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, and the main actors are Roselyn Sanchez and Alex Veadov, both relatively unknown, although they have had parts in tv shows and movies for about 20 years. These actors were good picks for the movie, considering the makers’ point of the movie–to focus on what Navy SEALS and there families go through each day.

The story line for Valor is “an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking” according to IMDb.com‘s website. It combines both professional actors, as well as a band of Navy SEALS, whose mission is to foil a terrorism plot against the United States. The movie “combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.” It focuses both on the band of SEALS, as well as their families, and the soldiers’ struggle between doing their duty to the US and fulfilling their family commitments.

While the movie is celebrated for being accurate in it’s depiction of what Navy SEAL teams do, it has also been criticized, reviewers claiming that it is simply propaganda to get Americans to back the military, or that it is simply a recruitment movie to try and get viewers more interested in joining the military.

What do you think? Is “Act of Valor” a good movie, simply trying to show the public the inner workings of a SEAL team? Or is it simply another form of propaganda, meant to recruit people into the military?