Act of Valor, a new movie directed by Mouse McCoy and Scott Waugh out today, has been set up as something of a loyalty test. Either you like the movie, which stars active-duty Navy SEALs and was made in close collaboration with the military, or you hate the troops. It isn't that simple, of course. Act of Valor is a deeply uneven movie, an odd hybrid of first-person shooter, Nicholas Sparks treacle, and the wise-cracking, slightly surreal dialogue that's become de riguer in action flicks. But while I don't think the acting is much good—as Keith Phipps says at the AV Club, "Acting is a specialized skill too, albeit one less essential to national security."—or the plot is particularly compelling, Act of Valor did make me feel profoundly sympathetic to Navy SEALs, though not precisely in the way McCoy and Waugh may have intended.