Act Of Valor was launched to the big screen on February 24th 2012. Act of Valor is a whole new action/adventure film that features active duty SEALs. This movie may have received mixed reviews from critics all over the world but it still gained an audience that wanted to experience a new action film. Here are a couple of movie reviews for Act Of Valor.
Trained SEALs In The Movie: Act Of Valor
“It could be that Murphy and Russell registered as fine actors because they had good scripts and better directors; Russell, who won both the Supporting Actor Oscar and an honorary Academy Award “for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans,” was directed in Best Years by three-time Oscar winner William Wyler. Rorke and Dave, the central performers in Act of Valor, had no such luck. The screenplay, credited to 300 co-scripter Kurt Johnstad (though he is barely mentioned in the press notes about the project), is heavy on military jargon downrange — “We got about 4.7 clicks at 3-5-5″ — and, back home, dewy bonding with Team members and fretful families. One SEAL has five kids, another is expecting his first child. One carries his grandfather’s American flag in his uniform pocket. On and on, clichés pretending to be insights.
McCoy and Waugh, known as the Bandito Brothers, can assemble complex battle scenes, including an early skirmish that demonstrates all three of the Team’s skills: parachuting to the ground, maneuvering silently under swamp water and creeping unseen toward an enemy compound. (SEAL is an acronym for Sea, Air and Land.) The Banditos stumble, though, when they try getting the real soldiers to speak with passion or coherence. Fighting is a learned skill; so is acting. And the SEAL stars are plausible only when on maneuvers — performing as their own stunt doubles. The SEALs, who Johnstad says appeared in the film only on vacation time, certainly look the rugged, handsome part; but we can’t tell if they could really act, since the characters they’re meant to play are only heroic cardboard cutouts.”
Act Of Valor: A Real Peak At Our Men Of Valor
“Act of Valor is a different kind of movie that should not be judged on typical movie standards, which may be why many critics are giving it a negative rating. Anyone who doesn’t do their homework by reading about the film probably won’t know why director Mike “Mouse” McCoy and producer Scott Waugh became involved with this project. Fortunately, at the beginning of the film, both men explain about their backgrounds, what they do, and why they made Act of Valor.
In 2007 McCoy and Waugh’s production company Bandito Brothers, made a short documentary about the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen. Somewhat of a recruiting video, they wanted to detail the SEALS’ impressive skills in performing sensitive and dangerous assignments. This led to their idea for a movie that would capture authentic action as well as contain a lot of value and convincing messaging.
Act of Valor focuses on a few covert missions that a highly trained force of Navy SEALS is deployed to handle. The plot could be any military -type action-driven film where bullets fly, people die, and blood is shed. The only difference here? Action of the SEALS gets depicted by real-life SEALS, most still on active duty. McCoy and Waugh went through rigorous months of jumping through hoops to obtain official permission to film the SEALS simulating actual combat and even using live fire during the shoot.”
The rest of the article can be read at Review Express
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