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Friday, November 30, 2012

Movie Review - Act Of Valor

Movie Title
Act Of Valor
Year
2012
Genre
Action
Act of Valor depicts a fictionalized account of a team of real Navy SEAL operations. It stars a group of ACTUAL Navy SEALs in a film unlike any other of Hollywood's movies.

The Elite SEAL Team receives orders to go on a fairly simple mission. The mission was to recover a captive female CIA operative in Latin America whose cover was blown. In the course of the rescue mission, they discover a threat much larger and more terrifying than anyone would have initially thought.

The elite SEAL team must immediately split up and follow up this adrenaline-pumping secret operation that brings them all across the globe and eventually back to the good old US of A.

It also features villains so diabolical that they seem like they came out of a Bond movie.

Acting
Now, this is the best part. The movie has no one recognizable or from Hollywood as they are mainly ACTUAL Navy SEALs! Despite that, they actually exhibit some credible acting chops! No, they're not
going to win any acting awards but it doesn't cause a jarring viewing experience. In fact, it's very easy to get into the movie.
Overall
The pacing was great. Makes is very easy to watch and there's never a moment when the viewer may think "Hmm, what am I gonna have for dinner". Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, State-of-the-art SEAL field tech and heart-pumping action. It's that gripping! 

The action sequences were really something - realistic and very un-Hollywood! You have to watch it to understand what I mean. It's not glamorous and they look un-choreographed - hence very real.
The mix of action and spotlight on the various characters of the movie was pretty well balanced as well. It doesn't really have a main "Hero". However, to tuck at the audience's heart-strings, a character was given a little more background to let the audiences see the human side of these valiant warriors. He was shown that just as he was about to go off on his mission that he was about to become a brand new dad.

WATCH IT, and be pleasantly surprised by a bunch of Non-Actors! I know I will be watching it again soon.

Rating: 7.5/10

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