Act of Valor
When a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly uncovers a chilling plot with potentially unimaginable consequences, a team of the most elite, highly-trained warriors in the modern world is dispatched on a top-secret operation.
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Rotten: The filmmakers are so intent on shooting the real SEAL deal that they forget this is supposed to be a movie: We need a story.
- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, February 23, 2012
Fresh: When the bullets are flying, Act of Valor is undeniably tense and thrilling.
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Saturday, February 25, 2012
Fresh: The movie doesn't pretend to be anything but propaganda, a modern-day cousin to the morale-boosting documentaries made by John Huston and Frank Capra during World War II.
- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Friday, February 24, 2012
Act of Valor in my opinion is much underrated. People seem to have missed the mark entirely with this film. Critics have said that the characters lack any development and so on, and that the action war scenes were too intense. Well, guess what. This is what The Navy Seals do. Act of Valor does lack effective character development, but I expected that. What can you expect from this? A real life portrait of real Seals doing what they do best, being the fearless soldiers. Believe me, that's much more interesting than some made up story featuring inaccurate portrayals of Seals. I think this film gives a great portrait of what these men do. I very enjoyed the film and I thought the action scenes were exciting, thrilling and top-notch, and it more than makes up for the so-so performances. The films "actors" aren't actors, they are real life Seals. If you're looking for great performances, this isn't your film. If you enjoy a mindless thrill ride, then give this one a shot. Though the film lacked in an effective story, I enjoyed it very much and I thought it was really intense to watch the Seals on-screen, and that's what made this film good. The cinematography for this film was unique as well; the filmmakers used a first person point of view in many scenes, as if you're playing a game of Call of Duty or Battlefield. I thought it plunged you a bit more into the film, and made the experience that much more thrilling. Is Act of Valor a perfect film? No it's not. Does it offer a thrilling look at how Seals do their jobs, yes it does. As a whole, the story was good, nothing really special, but like I've stated many times here, what makes this film worth seeing is the top-notch action as you real life Seals give us a taste of what they do. A unique War film, not the best, but not the worst either. Expect mindless entertainment, and you'll enjoy it. Turn off your brain, and enjoy. What the Seals do in real life is thrilling and exciting and Act of Valor brings light on the matter pretty well. A must see for war film fans.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, June 6, 2012