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Act of Valor [DVD] [2012]

  • SKU: 5573565
  • Release Date: 06/05/2012
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (400 out of 410)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • Director's Commentary
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Act of Valor
    An elite team of US Navy SEALs race against the clock to stop a planned terrorist attack on U.S. soil in this film inspired by actual events, which also features a cast of active-duty soldiers. With each successful mission, the Bandito Platoon uncovers another piece of the puzzle that leads them on a worldwide chase to prevent an act of terror that could alter the course of history. Later, at the U.S./Mexico border, the fight for the future of America comes to an explosive climax. Even when it seems as if evil may prevail, the courageous, determined SEALs never show signs of backing down or giving up. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Roselyn Sanchez
      Roselyn Sanchez - Agent Morales
    • Alex Veadov
      Alex Veadov - Christo
    • Nestor Serrano
      Nestor Serrano
    • Jason Cottle
      Jason Cottle - Shabal
    • Rorke
      Rorke



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 410 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Despite great action, an underwhelming film.

      Posted
      TheProjectionist

      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.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Disappointing

      Posted
      TheProjectionist

      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.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Adrenaline on steroids

      Posted
      Treydle
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Adrenaline on Steroids

      Posted
      Treydle
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Action Film

      Posted
      ArmyCT
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      I'll start this off by saying that I LOVE this movie, but I'm going to try to give a fair review of it. If you're into action movies this is a must have, great cinematography capturing some amazing action that is real. Essentially this movie is one giant Situational Training Exercise with a simple plot thrown in. All of the stunts are performed by the SEALs and are what they would do in a real combat scenario, and many of the scenes are live fire exercises. So the action is truly amazing and any action junkie will love it. However, if you're looking for a real in-depth, amazing plot, this movie is going to disappoint you. The plot can be wrapped up in just a few minutes and has no real twists or any sort of spectacular writing to it. Also, as expected, the acting is nothing close to award winning. For untrained actors the SEALs do pretty well, but at times they seem to be trying too hard to play themselves. Overall: Great action movie that, like most great action movies, lacks any thread of an in-depth plot. If you love action, you'll love this movie. If you love plot twists, not so much.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie, great sound and picture

      Posted
      Rosensnazz
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      Movie is cool, not an oscar winning movie, but entertaining for what it is. The acting is only ok, but one needs to remember these are not professional actors but instead people that have served in the armed forces. So to be negative about the acting is just foolishness. Acting is ok, script is good enough and you will have an entertaining night watching it. If you want to watch great acting look elsewhere. The bluray version of this movie> Sound and picture are top end as expected for a bluray release. Especially during the boat/shoot-out scene. Amazing sound. If you can pick this movie up during a sale, do it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great!

      Posted
      Binkstersdad
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      First of all, if you get this movie expecting it to be all hollywood, forget it. I love the fact that these are real seals and they had input on everything. Its not actors trying to be soldiers its soldiers doing what they do everyday. This is close to real and in some shoots they use live rounds at training fascilities. Seals train in real world scenarios with live ammo. The story is good enough and it has some moments where you really feel for these guys if you don't already in real life. The acting is good enough, in my opinion. Seals are bad a** and i loved this movie. These guys love what they do and love each other. They are low key and do not brag about what they do. They just get it done period. Great movie and thank you to all that serve. I am truly greatful for all that you brave men, women, and families do for us. Great movie....buy it now!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Decent Tribute to the War on Terror

      Posted
      otbs
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Act of Valor is a tribute to those men and women of our military who risk everything to protect the citizens of this country, and the world. It depicts a mission by a SEAL team, to eliminate the efforts of a group of terrorists who are attempting to bring Jihad to America. There is the expected success of the mission, and expected loss, that leaves the viewer feeling a bit somber at the end. The acting is decent, and the story line is pretty basic for a film like this. There is a lot of gun fire, explosions, and death (the vast majority on the side of the terrorists). Sometimes I did found it difficult to follow the plot, so a second viewing might be suggested.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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