“Act of Valor” is Bold, Determined and Heroic

In Theaters: February 24, 2012
MPAA Rating:
R (for for strong violence including some torture, and for language)
Action/Adventure, Drama
Relativity Media Distribution Group
Run Time:
1 hour 41 minutes

Director: Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh

JJ Rating: A-

I have never done this, but I feel that it would be best to allow the Act of Valor website to sum up the film.

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor.

9 Good Things About This Film

The great action is enhanced by having real SEALs assisting. I liked the intense fighting.

I enjoyed the thrill of the SEALs accomplishing each phase of the mission.

The story kept me entertained from start to finish. It didn’t feel as if I sat there for an hour and forty minutes.

Many stories have a good heart and that enhances the story making any imperfections less noticeable. Act of Valor has imperfections, but its heart smooths them over and makes everything charming, enjoyable and amazingly touching.

I watched what these SEALs did and there is no way that I could do half of what they did. I respect what SEALs can do and I understand that since I cannot do it or don’t want to do it, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.

Act of Valor helped me gain a fuller understanding of what happens in situations that are not in the news.

When there are not-mission conversations, it did feel a bit uncomfortable because of the acting. However, when they were in mission mode, the acting was so much better.

When they go in and get the CIA agent, it’s interesting how they take out the opposition. In the trailer it’s pretty cool cause they show a man getting shot falling toward the water only to fall into hands of a Navy SEAL waiting in the water. It’s so sweet looking.

The Interrogation scene is one of the funniest scenes.

SEALs have a heroic job.

1 Bad Thing About This Film

The acting for the first few scenes.

I cannot stand when people take war movies and claim (due to them not liking their points) that they’re propaganda. Those people who state things like that are almost always cowards. It’s like saying horror movies propagate serial killers. Personally I think that horror movies promote horrible behavior in people who favor such films. So I could view this film as a propaganda film if it were actually a happy film throughout. But it’s not. It has an act of valor that – for those that have one – will tug at the heart.

Act of Valor may be a bit amateurish with its acting and mature in language and action, but it’s Oscar worthy in how it weaves a story. I am spiteful toward the unworthy to nominate anything Academy of SUCK. Anyway, Act of Valor is my second A- of 2012. Congratulations. It’s well deserved.

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