ACT OF VALOR Blog Post & #Giveaway

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The only easy day was yesterday. In the Bandito Brothers’ ACT OF VALOR, an elite military force, portrayed by active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, carries out an impossible mission with insane courage and incredible teamwork in one of the most gripping and emotionally charged movies of the year. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operation, ACT OF VALOR features a riveting story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.

In ACT OF VALOR we are able to see a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs lead its troops to victory. In this feature we will take a look back at other military leaders in film who have led their men courageously, including Sergeant First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) in The Hurt Locker and Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun, all while giving the audience some eye-candy.


In Red Tails, Terrence Howard plays Colonel A.J. Bullard, one of the fearless leaders of the Tuskegee training program who has to fight for his pilots to be treated as equals against their White counterparts in the midst of World War II. Through the guidance of Colonel Bullard, his men are able to participate in several successful operations, including escorting bomber crews without any major casualties. The triumph of his men in their missions allowed Colonel Bullard to negotiate for his team to receive new planes instead of flying the worn-out aircrafts they were previously provided with.


Sergeant First Class William James, played by Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, is a war veteran who arrives as the new team lealer is the US Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit during the war in Iraq. His main responsibilities lie in detonating bombs and disarming improvised explosive devices, otherwise known as IEDs. Though his maverick methods and attitude clashes with those of his team members, James never leaves his team behind, including when one of them gets captured by the enemies.


In one of his more famous roles in his career, Tom Cruise plays Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun, a young Naval aviator who gets sent to an elite US flying school, called Top Gun, for advanced fighter pilots but his reckless attitude annoys and impresses his instructors, one of whom he starts a relationship with. When one of Maverick’s friend dies during a flight, Maverick becomes affected by it and he decides to return back to Top Gun after completing his program to become an instructor.


Directed by Michael Bay, Pearl Harbor stars Ben Affleck as Captain Rafe McCawley who along with his best friend, Danny Walker (played by Josh Hartnett) joins the US Army Air Corps. In the midst of the second World War, McCawley volunteers to serve with the Royal Air Force’s Eagle Squadroms in England where his plane eventually gets shot down and his team presumes he is killed in action. McCawley’s unexpected return forces him to realize that everything has changed while he was away – his best friend Danny is now dating his once-girlfriend and Japan has just bombed Pearl Harbor – bringing the US directly into the war.


Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best selling autobiographical book, Jarhead tells the story of Swofford’s pre-Desert Storm experience. Swofford enlisted with the Marines in the late 1980s, going through boot camp where he was trained to become a sniper. Swofford and his peers gets sent to Saudi Arabia in the front lines of battle under the heat of the blazing sun where their enemy can’t always be seen and combat only happens every so often against hours of sheer boredom.

Two Five Dollar Shake readers will win a copy of Act Of Valor on DVD! Enter to win by simply using the widget below. Winners will be chosen and contacted by email on May 30, 2012. Plenty of time for Father’s Day!

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  1. Joe M. says:

    I wanna win this for myself.

  2. Christopher Giroux
    Twitter: filmobsess

    Myself, that movie was bad-A. DFA FTW!

  3. Christopher Giroux
    Twitter: filmobsess

    Both my grandfathers served in the military!

  4. Ursula says:

    Would give to my dad — he loves war type movies.

  5. Tracey J
    Twitter: Tjluvlylady

    For myself! I really loved this movie!

  6. Peter Chandler
    Twitter: SirTinMan

    I have heard a lot of good things about this movie. So I guess I’m saying I want to win it for myself but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t share!

  7. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    For my husband!

  8. Patricia says:

    I would love this for my FIL

  9. Patricia says:

    No…no active member in the military for my immediate family. I am grateful for those that are serving our country.

  10. Kelley L. says:

    Myself. I didn’t get to see this in theaters.

  11. felecia says:

    for myself

  12. felecia says:

    My Father was in the military.

  13. Debbie Welchert says:

    I would like it for Myself and my husband.

  14. Debbie Welchert says:

    I have a couple nephews in the military.

  15. Sunnie says:

    Id win it for me and my husband.

  16. Sunnie says:

    I was in the Army Reserves, I served proudly for 8 years.

  17. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I saw this movie and loved it. I would keep this for our family.

  18. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    My Dad served in the Navy during WWII.
    My brother-in-law is retired from the Air Force.
    My nephew is in the Air Force.
    My son wants to go into the Marines special forces.

  19. Kristin M. says:

    My husband’s parents would love this!

  20. Kristin M. says:

    My father and step father both served.

  21. Claudia says:

    I would love to win this for myself, Thank you!

  22. Claudia says:

    My nephews are in the army.

  23. Nancy says:

    I’d like to win this for my husband.

  24. Nancy says:

    My father served for many years in the Air Force and the Air Force Reserve.

  25. I’d love to win this for my husband. Thanks.

  26. nannypanpan says:

    i’d like it for my dad

  27. Jeni Monroe says:

    Would love it for my hubby

  28. Cynthia R says:

    I want to win this for my boyfriend

  29. Cynthia R says:

    my dad was a marine for 30 years

  30. Katie Smith says:

    I would LOVE to win this for my brother!

  31. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’d love to win this for my husband.

  32. Mary Happymommy says:

    My brother is a Navy veteran.

  33. Kelley L says:

    My uncle was a Marine.

  34. Tabathia B says:

    actually for myself, love these types of movies

  35. holly says:

    i would like to win this for my dad

  36. holly says:

    my dad was a marine

  37. Daniel M says:

    me? me and my dad like war movies

  38. I would love to win this for my daddy!!

  39. Hendy M says:

    My brother who is in the navy.
    hendymartin1 at yahoo dot com

  40. Hendy M says:

    My brother and grandfather both served in the military.

  41. Carolsue says:

    I want to win it for my husband.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  42. Carolsue says:

    My husband is retired from the Navy
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  43. penny hyde says:

    i’d love to win this for my darling husband. thanks so much for the opportunity

  44. Marti Parks says:

    I’d like to win it for myself. I’ve never seen it and I would like to.

  45. Marti Parks says:

    My grandfather served in the Army and my uncle was a Marine.

  46. Ariel Henry says:

    I would like to win this for my friend, she really enjoyed the movie.

  47. Rebecca Shockley says:

    For me!!!

  48. Rebecca Shockley says:

    Not as this time

  49. Tabathia B says:

    I had a brother who served in the Navy, sister who served in the National Guard, two uncles who were both Army and served in Vietnam and my boyfriend who was Army


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