Act of Valor is a bit of a cinematic gamble, the directors casting real Navy SEALs in the leading roles of a movie about Navy SEALs. In the film, a terrorist threat has arisen, a psychotic extremist plotting an attack on American soil. The SEALs use all their grit and guns to investigate and terminate the bad guys before American lives are put in danger.
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Expectedly, there is a fair amount of sailor language to clean up, but just as expectedly, the filters get their biggest workout from the violence. If you have the filters set for violence, bloodshed, and disturbing at all, you will miss major chunks of the film. There are headshots and torture and explosions and blood, and much of it is cut.
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Far be it from me to criticize the acting of people who can kill me from half a mile away, so let’s just say that the movie shines when it lets the action do the talking. While the story and the drama are just too hackneyed to elevate Act of Valor above an action shooter, the technology and techniques on display are fascinating, and the overall point of the movie – the sacrifice these men and women make to do their jobs – is well taken. If you filter for violence, however, you are mostly left with the not so inspiring talky bits. For a more satisfying SEAL experience all around, try Tears of the Sun.
Brian Fuller—ClearPlay SEAL Supporter
Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language; 110 min; Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh