Act of Valor [DVD] [English] [2012]

  • SKU: 5573565
  • Release Date: 06/05/2012
  • Rating: R
  • 4.6 (221)
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5
Great Movie Posted by: from: on Excelent Movie.........................................

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Despite great action, an underwhelming film. Posted by: from: Delaware on Act of Valor is almost one of those films that is near impossible to review, simple because to say anything negative about the cast, crew, or movie in general is to say that you automatically hate all of the Armed Forces and therefore hate America by default. I say "almost", because there have been numerous negative reviews of this film, and of course every single one has been given the typical, "you-must-hate-America-so-shut-your-mouth" treatment. I see no reason why my review will be given any less of a response. There is a reason why Navy SEALs aren't typically employed as actors. Allow me to applaud the constant sacrifices of those to serve in our Armed Forces and I am certain that Navy SEALs are great at many things, but sadly, acting isn't one of them, and this is the greatest downfall of this movie. One could claim that asking for a good performance from this cast is asking too much, because the film is about the action, not the acting capabilities of the cast. I would agree with that argument only to a certain extent, in that we only care about the action if we care about those who are at stake, and there is never a moment in this film where we get to know any member of the cast past their one-dimensional roles. Outside their fighting abilities, these characters are never developed on any personal level. We are given little to no back story, their personality traits are bland, and the dialogue is beyond dull. If the audience had only been given a reason to care about these men, we could have gotten invested in their plight and genuinely cared about their struggle, because the action and cinematography alone almost carry this film! There were several moments in this movie that I prayed we would get just one good performance or two because the action sequences are some of the best I've seen this decade, but that's all for nothing if you can't give us a reason to cheer for our protagonists. I really wanted to like this film, and in the hands of better screenwriters and directors (as well as actors), this could have been good. Sadly, we're given a clichéd plot and sub-par acting that simply leaves us wanting more.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

5
Excellent and Riveting Posted by: from: Cherry Hill, NJ on A movie that I will watch again and again. The fact that the individuals featured are active duty navy seals is awesome. The action is true to life with representing todays times of terrorism.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
Patriotic Navy Seals at Work Posted by: from: on This movie begins with a good plot and excellent action scenes. When inserted into Mexico it drags a little but ends at a emotional and Patriotic grave site. The show ends giving tribute to our fallen finest since 911. A good movie example of the high Honor lived by our troops.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
Great Movie! Posted by: from: on I like the fact that this movie is not only based on actual events, but uses real military personnel in the roles.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

4
Well done Posted by: from: on Not the best acting I've ever seen but I love that it was real seals that are acting in the movie. The things they can do and the weaponry they have access to is incredible and inspiring. The story line is decent and reminds us of what these true heroes give up to insure our democracy, two thumbs up and thank you for your service!

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
Excellent!! Posted by: from: on Truly a testament of the sacrifice and courage that our brave men and women display on a daily basis!

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5
Like it Posted by: from: on Its a good movie, patriotic and full of action, maybe no for Oscars, but well done

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4
Adrenaline on Steroids Posted by: from: Saratoga Springs, NY on Is there progress to be made in depicting the war on terror in film? What if you depict events in that war starring the brave individuals who are actually fighting it? Crazy, right? But crazy enough to work? The film opens with voice-over of a man reading the always heart-wrenching last letter. Later we’re introduced to two CIA operatives deep inside an organization with ties to terrorists. Lisa Morales (played by Roselyn Sanchez) and Walter Ross (played by Nestor Serrano) are acting as aid workers in a small town in Mexico while investigating the town’s benefactor, commonly referred to as Christo. Christo (played by Alex Veadov) is a smuggler with ties to a Muslim extremist by the name of Abu Shabal (played by Jason Cottle). When Morales and Ross (Sanchez and Serrano) are discovered, Ross is killed and Morales is kidnapped and held hostage so that she can be tortured for information. Once those in authority discover signs of a struggle in Morales’ residence, a crew of Navy SEALs is called in to perform a rescue mission. Revealing any additional details would give away too much of the story. Now, having only seen the film once, character names and story arcs are kind of a blur. Also, as the names of the lead “actors” in this film are being withheld for security reasons, any praise or criticism of any particular cast member is pointless. Of course, these men are not actors. Then again, I’ve seen plenty of highly-paid actors star in films that weren’t half as interesting. Every action scene was a thrill a minute and those moments in-between were a welcomed relief. I urge all of-age action fans to see this movie at their earliest possible convenience.

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

5
Great movie Posted by: from: on Since the characters mostly are authentic soldiers, the true demeanor of a soldier comes through. They aren't glamourized with fake bravado, but real valor and a sense of true danger comes through. The end is sad, yet the good guys win. Some of the battle scenes are visually captivating. A definite must for any movie collection.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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