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Finally a new movie about modern warfare that looks pretty good. Been waiting for something like this ever since Black Hawk Down.
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It looks pretty cool. Also a pretty snazzy recruiting tool.
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I'm not sold on this one. Seems kind of cheezy.
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but can that top THIS?

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A Fictional story compared to a real situation is like comparing apples to oranges.
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I don't think it will top Black Hawk Down though. To be honest, I think this looks rather cheezy indeed. Did you not see the Hurtlocker? - I'd place it right at the top next to Black Hawk Down in the list of greatest movies about modern warfare.

hurt locker was a giant pile of flaming shit in terms of military authenticity, whereas blackhawk down has been generally agreed upon by military types to be a more-or-less accurate depiction of combat.
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I don't think it will top Black Hawk Down though. To be honest, I think this looks rather cheezy indeed. Did you not see the Hurtlocker? - I'd place it right at the top next to Black Hawk Down in the list of greatest movies about modern warfare.


hurt locker was a giant pile of flaming shit in terms of military authenticity, whereas blackhawk down has been generally agreed upon by military types to be a more-or-less accurate depiction of combat.



Interesting (and oh-so-colourfully-described). I had no idea. Learn something new everyday, as they say. Nevertheless, I still like the film, just the tension factor I guess. I doubt any movie can boast being realistic in every detail. Probably ignorant of me, but I hope at least some parts of the Hurtlocker were close to reality.

It's not a matter of being realistic in every detail. It's a matter of portraying attitudes and behaviors among soldiers as commonplace that would not be tolerated among 99% of units. Jarhead and Generation Kill also do this and thus fall into the same category that jarude aptly names above.
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I hated the Hurt Locker. The whole idea of a guy who "follows his own rules" and ignores all safety procedures because he is a "loose cannon" is pretty played out by now. I spent most of that movie rolling my eyes.
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"Not tolerated among 99% of units". Blimey, makes me rethink the whole Hollywood portrayal of any particular war or conflict. Do soldiers really get offended (or upset) when they see those movies? Just wondering. However, it is probably a tad similar to the way we find it annoying when Americans use "top of the morning to ye laddy" when portraying Irish men (I mean, NO ONE says that).

Rethinking Hollywood portrayals of war and conflict is definitely a good idea. And yes, soldiers (or marines, sailors, etc.) often get upset when they see these portrayals though they often consider them inevitable. Movies tend to either deify or crucify the military and neither is helpful. Much of what made Blackhawk Down good was that it generally avoided either of those two inaccurate extremes.
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http://www.craveonline.com/videos/featured/177955-exclusive-act-of-valor-clip-during-the-carrier-classic
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I'm looking forward to the film about the bin laden mission, even though it was written/directed by the hurt locker team - I have high hopes. I didn't think hurt locker was bad, but I wasn't amazed either.
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"Do soldiers really get offended (or upset) when they see those movies? Just wondering.

The veterans I know don't watch war movies.
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