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Act of Valor

Act of Valor

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Act of Valor

Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano, Jason Cottle, Rorke

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalized account o... read more read more...f real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs. -- (C) Relativity

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  • May 6, 2013
    A very interesting idea a film using real Navy Seal's doing action scenes that are like the missions they have done! The action is very good, interesting to known it is authentic, the tactics used and even the methods used to get around the globe in in and out of mission zones. T... read morehe real problem is the acting, pretty terrible and plot is very thin, it didn't feel like a film at times, more like a training video. As others have commented as well it does have that Call of Duty feel to it as well in the first person perspective a film that generation of fans will enjoy.
  • November 1, 2012
    Act of Valor subverts expectations entirely. Unless for whatever reason you find, say, Braveheart lacking in dramatic depth, there is almost no resemblance to a video game born. Most of this is thanks to the opening twenty minutes, the crux of what sets the entire film apart from... read more a fun-yet-shallow Jason Statham flick. There is a sweet, loving vibe in the film as we see the soldiers' care for their families at home, as well. This utter poignancy reappears during the film's finale, one of the most satisfyingly emotional conclusions in a war document since Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima. The hour and a half in between is action, but we've been given enough drama to care about the characters, hence the thrilling success. The sound mixing, film editing, and (surprisingly stable) cinematography all increase the tenseness heavily.
  • September 17, 2012
    Wow, if these "actors" are actual Seals, this is amazing. Very competent in front of the camera, and so real this seems like a documentary. Highly recommended for its realistic portrayal of the Seals' lives and for the attention paid to military detail.
  • August 7, 2012
    Hollywood often gets ridiculed for its tenuous connection to reality. I doubt any real U.S. Navy Seals look at 1990's Navy Seals as a paragon of military validity. The makers of Act of Valor thought they could do one better than Hollywood. They hired real-life active-duty U.S. Na... read morevy Seals as their stars and made a movie based upon Seal combat experiences. Act of Valor was billed as the real deal. I just wish the filmmakers had spent less time on trivial yet realistic details and more time on plot, characters, and enticing action.

    Who cares that the movie stars actual Navy Seals? Apparently enough people did judging by its healthy box-office returns in the spring, but really, why should a movie be any better because it has real Navy Seals pretending to be actors rather than actors pretending to be Navy Seals? Is this movie brought to a greater level of excellence because the characters know intuitively how to hold a gun properly? Was the slight difference in posture the difference maker? I suppose there is some curiosity seeing real Navy Seals go through all their training, but you know who else could be trained? Actors! Which these fellas are not. The line delivery is so flat, like the Seals were just happy to spit out all their dialogue and move along. There's little emotion to just about any line that isn't communicated via a bark. I can't fault these servicemen because they never signed up to be actors; they have bigger things on their minds. Is there anything in this movie that could not have been done with actors? I doubt it. I understand the gimmick but I just can't comprehend the appeal. Can an actor not be taught how to hold a gun, how to clear a room, how to squeeze the shoulder of his colleague to communicate move forward? I salute the Seals for trying (as well as defending our country, naturally) but I'm reminded of the old adage: it's easier to teach an actor how to sing than a singer how to act.

    The movie seems more preoccupied with trivial details of authenticity than more important endeavors like story or character development. Here's the most trivial detail of them all: live ammunition was used during the action sequences. WHY?! Do the guns not work with blanks? Why in the world would you dramatically escalate the danger on set and risk every shoot with live ammunition, actual gunplay? Action sequences are already a risk, so why would you exponentially increase the danger for ... a slight uptick in realism? Again, it all feels like a movie in service of a gimmick. The plot is a rather cliché-filled jaunt across the world taking down terrorists, rescuing hostages, and mostly just knocking down doors, sweeping rooms, and shooting people in the head. Sure there's a bad guy, a Chechen Islamic terrorist (double bonus: Russian and Arab!) and some other bad foreign guys with beards, but none of it ever seems to matter. I also question why a Chechen extremist would plot to attack the U.S., especially since we don't exactly have the warmest international relationship with Russia. Surely a Chechen attack would strengthen that relationship, and the two countries might work in tandem targeting Chechnya. I'm saying this villainous plan is dumb. The good guys aren't any deeper. Beyond their bravery, skill in combat, and impending fatherhood, we don't know anything about these guys. A series of voiceovers try and list the various characters, but once the action starts good luck remembering any of them. In fact, good luck even keeping the two leads apart. I kept mixing them up myself.

    And if that wasn't bad enough, the action is a fairly big let down as well. Directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh must have studied under Tony Scott or Michael Bay, because every shot has the sleek beauty to it, the dawning sunsets, the cool gun mettle colors, the rah-rah jingoist spirit. Seriously, most of the action is just people shooting one another. That may sound like a no-brainer to anyone who bought a ticket, but the action needs to be properly thought out as well as the plot. The first mission, rescuing the tortured CIA Agent, is the best sequence because it has different points of action, organic consequences, and makes good use of geography. I'm going to hammer this point time and again until people take notice: geography is essential to well-developed action. You need to make use of your surroundings in interesting ways, otherwise what was the point of even setting the action there? The later action sequences fail to make use of any of these integral ingredients, so it becomes a rote series of people entering rooms, shooting other people, and moving to more rooms. Rather, rinse, repeat. The action has a muscular feel but it gets redundant rather quickly. That's when your mind starts to notice how transparently the movie is working as a recruitment film for the U.S. Navy. There are sequences in this film that have no bearing on the plot (submarine visit?) other than to showcase the cool things that you, too, can do when enlisted in the Navy. There are plenty of sustained POV shots that give the illusion of a video game, war as a game. This also why the complexities of war and geo-politics are sanded down to a series of clear-cut missions. I feel like the real servicemen deserve a more complex movie that treats their heroics as something more than clearing a video game level.

    When you get down to it, the audience that made Act of Valor a hit this past spring reminds me a lot of the audience that went to see the nearly four-hour Civil War movie, Gods and Generals. These are audiences obsessed with the details of realism. They'll pore over the details of costumes and tactics. Whether the movie is actually any good or not, the characters engaging, the plot entertaining, is all immaterial. It's the details they came to see. Hence the real-life Navy Seals, the missions inspired by real Seals, and the live ammunition on set. That's what makes a movie to them. For me, I need more than realistic details; I need people and a story, and if it's an action movie, then there better be well-developed action. It's not like Act of Valor is a documentary people. It's all pretend. I'll be interested in how audiences respond to director Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt and execution of Osama bin Laden. That movie uses actors and has an Oscar-winning director and screenwriter. Let's see if anyone can tell the difference.

    Nate's Grade: C-
  • August 5, 2012
    it's just like the video games, and that's what I liked the most, based on true events!! that's what I really doubt it. However, it is a good action flick.
  • July 30, 2012
    Ultra realistic movie. One for the boys
  • fb100000145236770
    July 6, 2012
    Here is one of the most unique movie experiences to be watched in sometime. "Act of Valor" is a movie starring real life, active-duty U.S. Navy SEALS. The story is fiction, but the men are real, and action is as realistic as it's ever gonna get in a Hollywood movie like this. ... read moreThe story is very generic, SEALS trying to stop a terrorist organization. The acting, is what you would expect from a movie starring no real actors, pretty poor. Luckily though, the dialogue scenes(well, the scenes with no action) are few and far between. You have an emotional connection to the characters, not from the story or performances, but because you know they are real life heroes. The action is amazing, and some of the best I've seen in a war type movie. I do have one big gripe about the movie, the way it looks or maybe it's the way it was shot. I don't know how to describe it, but at times it feels very "made for TVish". Just doesn't look right, and I'm not quite sure how to put my finger on it. However, that being said, this is still a must watch movie to see what the men and women who protect this country go through. It's pretty remarkable, and for an R rated movie, I think kids(probably 13 and above) should watch to get an idea of the sacrifices that people make for our freedoms. Good movie, and I hope they make more and turn this into a franchise of sorts. Just shoot it better or something:-)
  • fb100000257973100
    June 24, 2012
    Before this review starts, I have to get one thing clear: by no means do I have anything against the military. In fact, some of my closest friends are, in one way or another, associated with the military via being part of ROTC or having parents stationed. So, for me giving this f... read moreilm a negative review is not based on any hatred. It is due to my own thoughts of this as a war film. I think it is. With Act Of Valor, I am kind of tied in what this is meant to be. Part of me feels like this film is a propaganda film marketed at teenagers to get them to join the military. Another part feels like that this is meant to be somewhat of a documentary on what a typical day in the life of a navy SEAL is meant to be. Then you have the part that is suppose to be a tribute. From my perspective, only the first idea of what this film is appears to be accurate. Looking over what the makers of this film said, this movie featuring active SEALs is meant to be a tribute to all of those that are associated with the Navy. Watching this film, I donâ(TM)t see how this is a tribute. The main reason why is simple: this is not a tribute or war film. This is an action film like you would find in the 1980s. In fact, this film feels more like it is aimed at tribute those films then tribute the military. Here is my thing: if this is a military film, where are the parts that show the consequence of war? That is one factor that is constantly missing. With this being a look at the life of the military, you would expect them to add in the human factors of the film and give the complete picture. But just like any government, they only show what the public will want. So, on to the film itself, I will praise the production quality and look of this film. Honestly, I do like the idea having non-actors in the roles and using real ammo in the guns, making things as real as possible. While watching that, I will admit that I did feel pumped up and excited for what was going on. But then, there is no pay off. Yeah, people get hurt. But in terms of this film, do we really care? We are never given a chance to know any of the people, we donâ(TM)t really feel for any of them. They are just here to be pawns for the plot and that is that. This is a short review because you canâ(TM)t really review a film that focuses on action and not on the human element. Honestly, I had some high hopes for this film and the producers were given a giant opportunity here: present an accurate portrayal of war and what it is like to be in the military. You wonder why films like Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Paths of Glory, and The Hurt Locker are remembered, and that is due to them showing exactly what happens in war. This film is presented as such, but what we are left with is a film aimed at getting teenagers excited about the military, something of a weak tribute to army personal, and something of a let down for me. In all honesty, I actually expected something more. If you are a fan of action films and elements of Grind House war films, then you might like this. If you are interested in the military/ part of ROTC if you are in High School, then this film you need to add to your collection. But just remember: you are only getting what they want you to see. Not all there is.
  • June 10, 2012
    The only easy day was yesterday.

    Good FIlm! The action scenes (using live ammunition) are breathtaking! Using actual SEALs as actors in the film does bring a certain amount of realism to the action that you don't see in other action films but that's about all the movie has to o... read moreffer. The story is by the numbers and the characters are about as underdeveloped as any film I've seen (which makes them hard to tell apart). For pure action though the movie definitely works. Action junkies will be more than thrilled! All in all, a solid action movie, with a very sound war theme in the age of political correctness.

    An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.
  • June 7, 2012
    "The only easy day was yesterday."

    An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.


    Reality is the coin of this realm: Act of Valor uses real Nav... read morey Seals to propel an action story, cobbled together from real incidents. Although professional actors stand in stark contrast to the Seals, the sequences involving the latter have an authentic feel. Then, I don't know how much I'm influenced by the prologue where the idea of using active seals is explained. A very bad billionaire, Christo, is plotting to bring jihad right to American shores with undetectable suicide vests carrying ultra-lethal ceramic balls.

    The Seals have a number of violent actions that move toward the final confrontation, including rescuing a female agent from the jungle prison and breaching the factory where the vests are made. Until later episodes, it looked as if the Seals were invulnerable, so I felt better about the "realism" because the deaths were "realistic." Because the solemnity of the send off ceremony and the funeral ritual have been seen before both in fiction and fact, the real strength of the film is in the precise execution of the Seals' activities, making them heroic in a real sense. Act of Valor reinforces the now-understood greatness of the team that took down Osama bin Laden. That's real.

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