Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for strong violence including some torture, and for language
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Hampered by a clichéd script, stilted acting, and a jingoistic attitude that ignores the complexities of war.
The SEALs (uncredited at their own choice) are clearly authentic in their planning and execution of their mission. As long as you don't listen to them speaking, their assault on a drug compound early in the film is a terrific action sequence, but that's the best thing that can be said about the film.
Alex Veadov as Christo
Roselyn Sánchez as Morales
Nestor Serrano as Walter Ross
Act of Valor
Act of Valor is the
brainchild of stuntmen-turned-directors Scott Waugh and Mike ‘Mouse'
McCoy. With the camera frequently shifting to an on-helmet perspective giving
you a ‘you are there' feeling, the film attempts to make
you feel as if you are a SEAL team member, rather than some guy watching a movie.
After CIA Operative (Roselyn Sánchez) goes missing in Costa Rica, ther
SEAL team sets out to rescue her. In the process, they stumble onto a
plot by the gun running drug dealer (Alex Veadov) holding her to arm his
old Chechen friend turned Islamic terrorist who plans to send a group
of suicide bombers across the US-Mexico border through drug tunnels to
assault major U.S. cities. But that's just a thin excuse to blow things up in scenic locales from
Southeast Asia to Africa to Mexico.
As good as they are at being SEALs, any attempt to show them as human beings disappears once they begin talking, with their
hackneyed dialogue sounding like it came from a bad TV movie and as if they were reading it
from cue cards. And because the Navy demanded final
cut, the SEALs themselves come across as simple and homespun as apple
pie, uncomplicated but totally uninteresting.
The filmmakers wisely have kept the
characters interpersonal dialogue to a minimum, mainly revolving around the squad's
lieutenant preparing to have his first child back home and his senior
non-commissioned officer hazing him about it. But it all seems like we've seen it all before.