Worse, there was a kind of cultish aspect to the film. "My dad, my grand father were all fighters." "I received this flag from my great, great..." I do not mean that there is something wrong with many generations defending the best ideals of their country. But if the unit is based on merit, then even the son of an Amish should be able to join. Do you have to trace your ancestry to the Mayflower to be a Seal? There is this exclusive club aspect to the film that probably turns off possible recruits.
The Seals in this film may be heroic; they may be terrific, brave, patriotic men. But this film is a bore.
Contrast this with the great recruiting film, Top Gun. That had everything. By comparison, this is one dimensional, loud, a shooting gallery in which one hardly cares about the outcome. This film has many guns, but it is no Top Gun. As cinema, Act of Valor is an Act of Failure.