“The military entertainment complex is an old phenomenon that binds Hollywood with the US military. Known as militainment, it serves both parties well. Filmmakers get access to high tech weaponry—helicopters, jet planes and air craft carriers

“The latest offering to come from this relationship is the movie Act of Valor, and it takes the collaboration one step further. The producers get more than just equipment—they have cast active-duty military personnel in the lead roles, prompting critics to say the lines have become so blurred that it’s hard to see where Hollywood ends and Pentagon propaganda begins…”

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