Movie Review: Act of Valor

Act of Valor 2012 film movie poster
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Release date: 23 February 2012
Rated: 18
Genre: Action, war film
Running time: 101 minutes
Director: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh
Cast: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano

Sypnosis: “An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home” (Gala Entertainment Sdn Bhd).

Verdict: It’s like watching a live action war video game with cool first person views of characters. Typical terrorists-plan-to-bomb-America plot, poor acting accompanied by badly written dialogues, and incredibly incompetent villains. Furthermore, there are too many corny slow motion scenes during narrations with heroic music in the background and the film’s purpose seems to be “promoting” the US military. Due to the impatient character development and the acting, the film fails miserably in attempting to connect with viewers emotionally. However, Act of Valor may still delight fans of modern warfare movies and/or games with its very detailed and seemingly realistic covert operation activities – from the briefing to the mission itself with how the gadgets and weaponry are used to the post-operation procedures.

Most of the actors are actual Navy SEALs? Apparently so. It explains the horrible acting. But are the US military that arrogant to allow their men to act in a movie and to reveal how they do their job? Or is everything on the film inaccurate?

How many headshots are there in this movie? I lost count. More or less 20.

Malaysian censorship: Not sure if they did cut anything but there isn’t really much to do so.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Favourite quote: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] “You took one to the face, man. You’re a hard motherfucker!” a soldier comforts and encourages his comrade who got shot in the eye [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Special thanks to Gala Entertainment Sdn Bhd for the invitation to the press screening of the film.

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  1. Counter Strike Fans

    Well, I heard this film is shot with Canon DSLR camera to get the first point of view so realistic…. And only the Real Navy Seals special force can perform the stunts, No other actors that could perform…. I am going to watch the actions and gadgets rather than the story… Better to see Real action than fake…!

  2. Salina Rahman

    I read your review first before I went to watch the movie and prepared myself for the horrible acting. But didn't see any.

    They might not be Oscar nominated but their acting is much more believable than any of our local actors. I don't think your review gives this movie proper justice. #1 in the US with that 'horrible' acting? You must be kidding me.

    Guess I came back here just to post a comment that "never trust a review until you actually see a movie for yourself".

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