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Act Of Valour review

A Navy SEALs drama that strives for realism

“A single twig will break, a bundle of twigs is strong,” muses a philosophically inclined commander of his platoon of heroic Navy SEALs.

This voiceover is one of many perplexing elements in this ridiculously pumped-up military recruitment video, which intersperses brilliant and immersive combat scenes with excruciating comradely banter.

If the politics are simplistic – think Team America – the performances (by real, anonymous SEALs) are even more so. Whether they’re saving catwalk-hot models or shooting cackling terrorists, the bundle of twigs analogy couldn’t be more apt.

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