The daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden was a triumph of American arms, satisfying retribution for al Qaeda's attacks on New York and Washington. But it points up the many mistakes we've made and continue to make in the wake of 9/11.
I count wounded marines among my friends. Perhaps this is why the scene hit me so hard. But my personal history aside, this sequence is by far the movie's most nuanced and moving. It works unlike anything else in AOV aside from the bang-bang.
Young American boys (including myself) have been running around with toy/imaginary weapons pretending to be soldiers for millenia, and have been watching TV shows and movies about the military for decades.
The overall message of AOV is that the military doesn't chew innocents up and spit them out; it allows patriots to become their best selves. You wanna be a real life ninja? Join the Navy. Critics say, "Shallow;" fans say, "Real... finally."