* AlternateAesopInterpretation: "Being a Navy SEAL is badass" is the intended message. Yet with an outcome of [[spoiler:roughly half the team becoming casualties in the film's 1- to 6-week span, including one guy losing his eye, one guy getting shot repeatedly and sustaining major injuries, and one guy dying and leaving behind a widow expecting a child]], another moral that can be gleaned is "Being a Navy SEAL is going to hurt. ''A LOT.''"
** To reinforce the alternate aesop, the list of [=SEALs=] who "made the ultimate sacrifice" since TheWarOnTerror started at the end of the movie is shockingly long for people who have been elevated as nigh-invincible.
* BrokenBase: This movie was made with the full endorsement and support of Naval Special Warfare Command to boost the number of SEAL recruits. However, according to a thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School, a small but increasingly vocal cabal of active duty SEAL operators, blame this movie for enabling a pattern of self promotion and self aggrandizement among many former SEAL operators. They feel that this movie sent a message to rank and file SEAL enlisted that it is OK to turn their membership in an elite unit into a ticket for fame, and contribute to a media hype about all things SEAL. This hype, in their minds erodes away the ethos of quiet professionalism that is essential to allowing [=SEALs=] to operate covertly.
* CriticalDissonance: The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. However, audiences loved it, as it earned an "A" grade from Cinemascore. Indeed, the film opened at #1, earning $24.5 million during its opening weekend, and it eventually made $81.3 million worldwide ($70 million from the U.S. alone) against a budget of only about $12 million (about how much Relativity paid to buy the film).
* DancingBear: Much of the hype about the film was that it featured active-duty Navy [=SEALs=] in the lead roles.