This retired Navy Seal points out all the flaws in various war movies.
When it comes to a special operations group like the U.S. Navy Seals, there are bound to be some inaccuracies when they're portrayed in film. Hollywood doesn't always get things accurate, especially when dealing with war and the United State's special forces teams.
Which is why we were thrilled to see this latest video from GQ's breakdown series. If you've never seen it before, they have experts watch movie scenes and then point out both the accuracy and flaws.
For this video, they enlisted former Navy Seal Jocko Willink to look at some famous scenes featuring the special operations forces and other branches of the U.S. Military. Navy Seal movies like Act of Valor and Lone Survivor are featured here. It also turns out he knew some pretty famous names in the Seal community. We won't spoil who, just watch the video to learn more.
It was fascinating to listen to Jocko talk about how a team of Navy Seals operates. We were especially interested in the lingo and other ways of communication these special operators use. His reaction to some scenes surprised us too.
We would have picked 1990's "Navy Seals," starring Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn as being the most unrealistic of the bunch. However, Jocko said much of that scene wasn't far off the mark in most aspects. Too bad it isn't a better movie.
Many people probably pegged "American Sniper," a true story, as being one of the more realistic of the bunch. It is clear Jocko knew Chris Kyle well and he had no qualms in pointing out several flaws in how he was portrayed in the movie. Along those same lines, we enjoyed the insider perspective on things like the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. His bluntness on the real-life hostage situation in Captain Phillips was also a surprise.
We also found his discussion of the phase lines in the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" fascinating. I've heard that kind of chatter in so many movies, but never understood what it meant until now. I also always wondered how accurate that movie was in its presentation of the Naval Special Warfare Development group, aka Seal Team six and their takedown of Osama Bin Laden. It seems it was mostly on the mark.
Can we also talk about how even though Jocko is retired, he is still one seriously burly and imposing-looking figure? We're certainly glad he was on our side! Thanks for breaking these scenes down and for your service as a U.S. Navy Seal Team member Jocko!