Movie Review – Act of Valor

So after watching The Hunger Games, I felt like I needed to see SOMETHING blow up and this movie delivered. If you’re into action movies, war movies, or the Call of Duty video games, this movie is ideal for you. The effects of the movie are outstanding and will leave a pretty lasting impression on you. However, the movie has it’s pitfalls as well.

The most obvious problem with the movie is the acting. There were actual SEAL members playing the parts in the film. Fortunately for us, they’re much better soldiers than they are actors. I love the idea of using real SEAL team members in a film to create an even more realistic feel that hasn’t been attempted before, but I feel like it really killed this film unfortunately. The script didn’t help any. Even if the SEAL team would have been fairly decent actors, the script ruined any hope at it. It was just very poorly written. Another disappointment for me.

Now, if you don’t care about the poor acting or the cheesy script, the action of the movie is amazing. The plot is pretty interesting too and played well with the direction they took the movie. They started with a standard rescue mission and found a clue that led to the discovery of information that linked it to the bigger picture. With each successful mission, they discovered more and more of this mission that was planned to be an ultimate attack on America that made 9/11 “look like a walk in the park.” It really draws you in and gives you a glimpse into what it would be like if you were an active duty SEAL. It also did an outstanding job of staging the scenes and giving you the sense that you know exactly what’s going on at all times, which is rare in a war movie with lots of explosions. It also shows the links between the international world and the reach of the American military. It displays the amazing timing and accuracy of the military as well.

As I said, if you’re into war movies, this is definitely one you need to check out. While it very well may be nothing more than a recruiting tool by the Navy, it still delivers. The jingoism is over the top, so if you’re anti-military, it’d probably make you throw up to watch. In the end, you’ll end up getting caught up in the story line and the feeling that this is an actual attack and you might be in danger. Credit that to outstanding directing. Now to rate it…I feel like if they would have cast actors to play the roles of the SEAL team, this movie would have been out-of-this-world good. It would have been by far the best movie of 2012. Unfortunately, the acting is horrible and, if you know me, I can’t stand bad acting. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 overall and that actually pains me. I’d really encourage people to go check it out. You won’t be left feeling disappointed unless you’re JUST going for the acting. Also, the end will leave you a little teary-eyed so ladies, you can go too!

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