Opens Feb. 24, 2012. Run time: 1 hr. 51 min.
|for strong violence including some torture, and for language|
"Act of Valor" follows a Navy Seal squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs. The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.
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I attended a screening of Relativity Media and Bandito Brothers action adventure Act of Valor a couple weeks ago in the movie theater on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in the harbour in Manhattan thanks to a invite from one of the executive producers. Obviously, this was the perfect venue to see a film that stars real active duty Navy SEALs. Act of Valor is a powerful and uniquely authentic action film -- real Navy Seals play most of the key parts using real ammo (first time this has been done in the last 100 years in Hollywood) with real military weaponry and equipment. Even the aviators who were involved in the film as well as the personnel in submarines are all real military members and you literally feel the realism. No need for special effects in Act of Valor when the reality is much better; the action sequences will have you pushing back in your seat like being in the front row of a awesome roller coaster ride.
The best scene in the film - when the Seals ascend onto a moving ocean-going yacht and interrogate a drug dealer-terrorist makes you feel like you're in the scene watching from two feet away -- amazing filmmaking with great intensity enhanced by the fact that the interrogator is an actual SEALs operative. If you like action films you'll love Act of Valor because it breaks new ground in filmmaking by virtue of its use of non-actors in key roles. Some critics may say the dramatic scenes lack emotion because more professional actors were not used but this is just not the case. This is the real deal and as such adds an emotional depth and intensity that is impossible to fake on the big screen. Just ask anyone who attended the special screening on the Intrepid.
At the conclusion of the film there was a long standing ovation and then the audience heard from many of the SEALs in person, explaining why they participated and acted in the film. These guys are true American heroes and you'll love watching them in action in Act of Valor, a valiant story of mission, commitment, combat, weaponry and most importantly valor and brotherhood. While most movies star actors who merely portray heroes on screen, Act of Valor stars actual heroes showing how they lay it on the line for the freedoms that we as civilians enjoy every day. You're going to enjoy the ride. Hollywood.com rated this film 5 stars.-Mitchell Rubenstein.
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