My basic reaction to Act Of Valor was just as the title says....meh.
The action scenes are good, and it's interesting to see how Navy Seals actually work. Although there is one big complaint and a one minor complaint I had with this movie.
The big one is the last act, it's a mess. The whole film spends it's time glorifying war saying "look at these guys, aren't they awesome!!", then it goes to criticizing war saying "look what will happen if you join to fight", then it goes back to glorifying it again by saying "oh you'll be the manliest of men if you do fight and die for your country." I have no problem if a film wants to glorify war, it's a movie. Everyone knows real war is hell. Although don't glorify it, then slap you in the face for liking it, then glorify it again. Either Glorify it or criticize it, don't do both.
My second problem with the film is that the Navy Seals, while out risking their lives, can't act. Some of them are okay, other just feel like they're reading their lines off of cue cards. I'm willing to forgive this though, it's an action movie. It's not looking for any Oscar nominations.
The actions scenes are really well done, and like I said it's interesting seeing actual Navy Seal tactics on screen. Also I'm glad the director didn't use that terrible shaky cam thing that so many directors nowadays use to show how gritty and action packed the movie is supposed to be.
Overall It could have been better. I will admit, I dozed off a bit in the theatre. It was the late night showing and this film just wasn't doing anything to keep me awake. I didn't miss anything, and was out for maybe 2 or 3 minutes but still. The final act I did manage to catch in full, and it just wasn't worth it.
Rent it if you feel like supporting your troops, but it's not worth a $10 ticket.
Trailer 5: Act Of Valor
Between five separate trailers (!) and four 30-second commercials in the Super Bowl, it's fair to say that someone wants you to know about Act of Valor.
Trailer 3: Act Of Valor
Navy Seals as actors? From most word of mouth, they're pretty bad as thespians, but the action is fairly decent. We'll find out in February.
Trailer 2: Act Of Valor
"What do you mean we can't get the rights to Call of Duty? We already made the damn movie! Ah, hell, just...just call it Act of Valor, or something."
Trailer: Act Of Valor
An action film shot with real, active-duty Navy SEALS, depicting what it claims are the realities of combat.
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