Applauded for its visual style-- leading the way for Guy Ritchie and Tarantino-- the film gets a bit too self-indulgent for its own good. The first film to showcase the dark nature of the swinging British counter-culture, it becomes bogged down by its own intrusive perceptions on identity/reality.
For a movie which, in advertising, constantly felt the need to remind the audience how authentic the film is by using active-duty Navy SEALs, 'Act of Valor' is filled with some incredibly inauthentic moments. Even for a less-than middling action piece, a lot of the movie is laughably bad. The directors tend to take the crazy, frenetic cinematography, including the awful use of 'Call of Duty' first-person shooter cam, several steps too far. In addition, the villains of the movie represent caricatures of the ideas of villains [that's twice removed!] moreso than real threats, often just playing on the fears of average Americans.