Friday, February 24, 2012

Act of Valor Movie Review

Alex Veadov stars in Act of Valor

Damn Few, Damn Right!

What’s Good: Relativity Media’s Act of Valor takes a unique approach to action filmmaking with the inclusion of actual active-duty U.S. Navy Seals in addition to/place of Hollywood actors. The Seals lend an undeniable sense of authenticity in both action and lingo... the former being of top quality. FPS (First-Person Shooter) perspectives and really cool, night-time parachute drops make up for relative holes in acting and story. Camaraderie never looked so good.

What’s Not: The drawback to using real Navy Seals is obvious: These guys aren’t actors, and it shows. That, in addition to the film’s thinly veiled PR/recruiting pitch are bound to elicit some negative reaction.

Special Kudos: I’m not the easiest guy to touch, but I found myself getting choked up on more than one occasion. The recital of Tecumseh’s Live Your Life poem was particularly moving.

They Said It: ‘You live your life by a code; It's your shore line... It's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home.’

What’s the Grade? I’ve yet to see a military film that didn’t have some sort of angle, so why hold that against Act of Valor? When I critique a movie, I ask “Was I entertained?” This film entertains and then some. It’s not Citizen Kane, but if action is your thing... you won’t go home disappointed.

Grade: B