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
172 of 184 people found the following review helpful
Saw It Yesterday...Saw It Again Today...Would Buy It Tomorrow,
This review is from: Act of Valor [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This one really grabbed me. It reminded me of the same emotions I had watching Taking Chance(also recommended). This movie was harder to watch the second time, but man, do I love this film. I am a retired Chief who served on submarines. Everything I saw that related to my career was absolutely accurate. I imagine the rest of the film was just as credible. I sure admire these military folks!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Act Of Valor is REAL folks,
This review is from: Act of Valor (Amazon Video)Folks,
The two main characters are actual NAVY SEAL OPERATORS. The missions are very similar to real world missions that have gone on since GWOT started (Global War on Terror). Make no mistake that Radical Jihadist are trying to enter this country to do harm to you, me and your sons and daughters.
There is no line in the sand, there are no innocent folks, everyone is an infidel to them and they will do EVERYTHING they can to destroy the western world.
This movie, shows what SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMANDO's are doing daily to protect the USA from these folks. As you can see, the problem is a global threat, not just one singular country.
I've been downrange and worked with these "SPECIAL FEW" who do this type of work. This movie, by far, is the best depiction of what it means to be a SPECIAL WARFARE FIGHTER in the US MILITARY. It is an HONOR to serve with these men and walk the same hallways with them.
I recommend this movie to EVERY... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Act of Valor (Amazon Video)I just watched this movie last night and I loved it. There's a lot of criticism of the acting and a lot of talk that the guys were emotionless, but I don't think people realize how realistic this was. I think the guys showed emotion the way they actually do, because it's them, being themselves. I realize people have become used to these amazing dramatic renderings of emotion as portrayed by professional actors, and yes, those portrayals are more polished and less awkward to watch.
However, having served many years myself and having worked, on occasion, with spec ops guys in both the Army and Navy, I can tell you that the way they are in real life is not perfect emotional rendering. They actually have to shut it down, and that is pretty much what it looks like from the outside. These guys are great at what they do, but what they do is not acting. I've been around some pretty intense operational moments, farewells before deployment, etc., and it doesn't look like what... Read more
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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.