Published on June 27th, 2012 | by Chris2
Act of Valor (2012, Blu Ray)
I wanted to go into "Act of Valor" with an open mind. And I did. I gave it a shot. Problem is, it just didn't quite "do it" for me. I don't know if it was the lackluster acting, the so-so writing, the mechanical plot or the even more predictable and wooden action sequences.... I just didn't really take all that much away from it. Was it terrible? No, not by any means.
I blame the acting solely on the higher-ups who felt it would be a good idea to use a crop of active-duty Navy Seals as actors. I can't blame these guys for trying their best, and they don't do a bad job of it, really. I'm also left to wonder if they had any input into the writing or technical advising. I have to believe that if they did, it wasn't much.
The biggest problem by far, though, is that this whole movie plays out like a video game. From cutscene to shooter level to cutscene and back again, right down to a few overly obvious FPS "down the barrel" camera shots. I don't know if this was on purpose or not. Let's not even mention that the whole thing is pleasantly contrived, and the "Where in the world are we now?" aspect can get a bit confusing if you happen to step out to top off your drink like I did. ("Wait. WTF just happened? What country is this now?")
I've given high marks for good intentions in the past, but usually where resources were limited and spirit was not. The reverse seems to be the case here. So much potential seems to have been dropped on the floor. A little more intrigue, a few recognizable (and capable) faces, a little more effects, and you've got a solid action movie. Instead you get a first-person-shooter video game where you're basically along for the ride. And that 'skip to next level' cheat code isn't working.
Spoilers? Well, the "act of valor" is pretty predictable, and actually makes for one of the more powerful moments of the film. But ultimately you'll be left sitting there going, "hm. I could have done something else." At least I did. Have to go with a generous 6/10, just because some of the action sequences were sort of fun, even if they did have that vidya feel to them.
As for the Blu Ray presentation, I went with the barebones movie-only version, and got exactly that. Crystal clear picture and sound. Nothing to sneeze at there, even if I didn't get to see it on my own kit yet, so I can't make an accurate comparison to anything else.
Act of Valor [Blu-ray]
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Go "down range" with real, active-duty Navy SEALs in Act Of Valor, the adrenaline-fueled action-adventure that inserts you into the heart of the battle, alongside America's best and bravest. When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, elite, highly-trained U...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: 20TH Century Fox
Manufacturer: Relativity Media
Original Release Date:
- Roselyn Sanchez
- Nestor Serrano
- Factory sealed DVD
This review is from: Act of Valor (Amazon Video)
Action packed with REAL U.S.Navy seal footage! As real as it gets right down of how to how it sounds to have rounds buzzing like a hornets 🐝 nest zipping over your head! Real life team work that's the way to take care and control over any adverse impact.
The movie was excellent..,
This review is from: Act of Valor (DVD)
The movie was excellent...full of action and great o see how Navy Seals operate. I think they used real "seals" for the action scenes. That's what the cover indicated. Gave me foosebumps
This review is from: Act of Valor (Amazon Video)An exceptionally great film. Rivetingly intense; for it's depiction of modern warfare (by any standard). As exceptional as any thing I've ever seen as far as amazing choreography and top notch cinematography is concerned. Story's also quite engrossing; nothing about Act Of Valor smacks of indifference or lack of respect for the subject matter. So far as war movie's go; I'd even say monumental. "Nobility grows from contained emotion..." (G.Braque) True to form, this is a soldiers story told, but withholding all (the usual) sappy overtone typically laced into most Hollywood character casts. The pathos of thespians is (almost) absent here and I'm not missing it. Actors who know nothing of the belief systems which propel barrel chested freedom fighters (such as these Navy S.E.A.L.'s) into harms way intent upon showing any enemy a sound defeat, men who train harder than most armies in the world will ever train, drill or fight.
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Summary: Have to go with a generous 3/5, just because some of the action sequences were sort of fun, even if they did have that "vidya" feel to them.