* The rescue of Lisa Morales is pretty awesome, from the way the [=SEALs=] sneak into the compound and their sniper silently eliminates guards, but the cake has to go to the SWCC boats, who arrive in the nick of time to completely fuck up the terrorist reinforcements, doing their best to achieve enough dakka in two minutes of sustained fire.
** Maybe the most amazing tactic in the film comes from a sniper who takes out an enemy on a small dock, who falls into the hands of a submerged SEAL to pull the carcass underwater without making a sound.
** When they have to evacuate, the assault team pile into a pick-up truck while the sniper team intercepts them ''on foot'', popping out at the right place and the right time to blast their pursuers with a rocket. That, my friends, is how you run and fight at the same time.
** As a measure of how awesome that scene was, not only is it the point the trailer kicks into high gear, it's on the first page of the book.
* Even though the mission at Baja California goes south real quick, the [=SEALs=] quickly demonstrate why a messed-up plan [[CrazyPrepared does nothing to even slow them down]].
** A bunch of terrorists circling around and trying to flank the assaulting marines are [[OutGambitted quickly cut down by the overwatch]] and their accoutrement of {{BFG}}s
** Another bunch trying to flee on a jeep are intercepted and annihilated by [[BigDamnGunship helicopters.]]
** The LT catches a (dud) RPG to the chest and [[MadeOfIron walks it off]].
* Chief Dave's [[OneManArmy solo assault]] on the jihadists & their cartel allies into the cartel tunnels, fueled by TranquilFury. He attacks until his rifle is shot out of his hands; he pulls his pistol and returns fire with a shot-up hand. Even after taking a full burst of fire to the chest, ''he doesn't stop fighting'', even as he is ''bleeding to death.''
** What makes it even more awesome is that it was based on a real-life account.
* Senior Chief's interrogation of Christo. For a genre rife with the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, its refreshing to see the real world interrogation techniques, the ones that ''actually work''. It also establishes Senior Chief as the kind of guy who [[GuileHero does not need to be holding a gun]] to be a {{Badass}}.
** Even better, that scene was largely unscripted.
** The best moment is when Miller shows Christo his family. He doesn't threaten Christo's family; he just makes the consequences of being uncooperative clear: Christo will go to prison for the rest of his life, and his family will move on. And Christo breaks immediately, with his only response being a quietly desperate plea not to harm his family, at which point Miller emphatically states that he would ''never'' harm Christo's family. The gulf between the good guys and the bad guys is firmly established right there. That said, the mere fact that Miller has a recent ''video'' of Christo's family ''on his cell phone'' clearly scares the bejesus out of Christo.
* Critics gave the film negative reviews, primarily because of the acting. The awesome part is the response of the fans who responded "Of course their acting sucks! But who cares!? [[{{Badass}} They're active duty Navy [=SEALs=]]]!"