Jul 29, 2014
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‘Act of Valor' Wants You

Real Navy SEALS lock and load for the big screen, but do they have enough firepower to win at the box office?

Active-duty Navy SEALs, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, take on bad guys in one of the most realistic action war movies ever, Act of Valor.

The film aims to put the audience "in the boots" of the SEALs. Even many of the bullets were live rounds.

Without a real plot, though, the film relies on first-person narration to explain what’s going on for most of the 90 minutes:

• Drug dealers, bang.

• Terrorists, bang.

• People shooting at SEALs, bang.

Anyone who gets in their way is DOA. All you need to know is that the SEALs are the good guys, and they are out to get the bad guys, plain and simple.

I suspect that most people who see this film won’t worry about the acting or the plot line. They want to see some real American heroes, and they'll get them. These men are not just great patriots; they embody all that's good and true about human nature and sacrifice.

Act of Valor is a wonderful example of cinematic chaos. Who lives or dies isn't as important as the experience.

We never get into any character development, though, and that is where the film fails. I was never bored, but I was never overwhelmed, either.

Still, we are lucky to have people like this protecting us each and every day. So the Flick-o-Meter gives Act of Valor three out of five.


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Act of Valor NEW!
R • 1 hr. 51 min. 


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