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Published on June 27th, 2012 | by Chris

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Act of Valor (2012, Blu Ray)


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On June 27, 2012
Last modified:October 3, 2012

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.


Act of Valor (2012)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.

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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 Information

Binding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: 20TH Century Fox
Manufacturer: Relativity Media
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Roselyn Sanchez
  • Nestor Serrano

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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466 of 504 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!, February 24, 2012
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I know some people will think this movie shouldn't have gotten 5 stars because of the acting. I did not go to this movie for the acting, I went to see our real life Navy Seals pay tribute to those who sacrificed everything for our country, and I was not disappointed.

I have read several books by Seals and about Seals over the years, starting way back when Dick Marcinko's first book came out, and I always watch any movie or tv special about them. I feel it takes a special kind of person to do this job and it fascinates me.

This movie has a fictional plot; however, the extractions and sacrifices in the movie all have actually happened in the field and they are re enacted in this movie in different locations. How awesome was it to sit their and watch the things I had imagined in my head in real life. I say real life, because these are things they actually do, real technology actually used, real split second decisions actually made. The action was fantastic and... Read more
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155 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw It Yesterday...Saw It Again Today...Would Buy It Tomorrow, March 3, 2012
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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!
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222 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About as real of a movie as it gets., February 10, 2012
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You might notice the date for this post is two weeks before launch. that is because I am part of the military and was invited to an advance showing of this movie.

Non-spoiler summary: Act Of valor is based around SEAL Team 7 sometime around September 2010. This is a fictionalized film, these events really did not happen but they are based on events that have happened to SEALS since the war on terrorism. In 2007 the two directors of this film, Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, worked on a film project where the navy allowed them to work with real Navy SEALS. The directors came out with an idea to make a realistic movie based on the Navy SEALS. While deciding on casting they decided that the only people they wanted playing the Seals were the Seals they met themselves. Act of Valor uses real Navy SEALS and at times real ammunition in some of the fire fight scenes.

If you have not seen this film I definitely recommend to at least rent it. It is not a documentary but it is... 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.

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2 Responses to Act of Valor (2012, Blu Ray)

  1. the war movie buff says:

    Too harsh. Having been consistently disappointed by the recent crop of war movies (Red Tails, War Horse, Battleship) I was pleasantly surprised by a movie I had every reason to believe would suck. I admit the acting was weak but the producers obviously made a decision that using real SEALS would be a marketing ploy and who can fault them considering the movie most likely made more money because of it. The non-actors actually did not embarrass themselves. I thought the action was robust although you correctly pointed out the similarities to video games, but other movies have attempted this and come up much shorter.

  2. Chris says:

    Hm, funny because I actually liked Red Tails and War Horse (but still have not, and do not plan to see Battleship!)…. 😀

    I do agree with you on the actors, they did the best they could, but for me it just wasn’t enough to save it.

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