This is the movie featuring real Navy SEALs (who won't be benefitting
from the millions of dollars in ticket sales the movie will make).
However, the Navy SEALs deserve better. Ultimately, Act
of Valor cynically uses these
brave men and women to prop up a C-level movie and try to give it some
sort of authenticity and marketing hook.
Roselyn Sanchez stars as Morales - a CIA operative working undercover
to compile information about a major drug trafficker, Christo (Alex
Veadov). When she is captured, Navy SEAL Team 7 is called in, and they
discover Christo is part of a massive terrorist plot to attack the
Will the SEALs save Morales?
Can they act in time to protect U.S. citizens from a heinous act of
violence and terror?
Shockingly, for a movie about the most intense human beings on the
planet, Act of Valor lacks intensity, spirit, and thrilling action.
Despite all efforts from directors Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh,
and writer Kurt Johnstad, they do not create characters we become
Even though everyone involved in Act
of Valor is pushing hard for us
to embrace the authenticity of what we are watching, it doesn't strike
the audience as anything new or compelling. All of the
clichés are there, right down to the guy shipping out while
his wife has just become pregnant (that cannot be good for his future
in a war movie, right? Isn't that like being the guy in the red shirt
on Star Trek
or the dude in the war movie who shares a touching story about his lady
back home and shows us a photo the night before the big attack?).
What we are left with is a movie full of extreme melodrama including
many scenes of the SEALs staring solemnly towards the horizon and
moving in slow motion while patriotic, dramatic music screams from the
Also, we get enough stiff, wooden acting to fill several fireplaces in
the dead of winter. No one expects the Navy SEALs to be giving
Clooney-level performances (I am glad they have training in more
important skills), but the real actors are pretty bad, and they have
been trained in this stuff. Sanchez and Nestor Serrano, who appears as
a fellow CIA agent, are either showing contempt for the material they
have been given, or just decided to camp it up.
I admire and respect the real heroes and all of the sacrifices and acts
of bravery they conduct each and every day, but this movie would have
been better as a Sylvester Stallone-starring, explosion and
violence-filled campy action flick.
of Valor is rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for