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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"The only easy day was yesterday." An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. REVIEW Reality is the coin of this realm: Act of Valor uses real Navy 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.
- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Thursday, June 7, 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
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.
- binky013, Monday, September 17, 2012