Watched Mar 04, 2012
Greg Jones’s review:
The best parts of Act of Valor are without a doubt the action sequences. The first "big" action scene where the Seals are on a rescue mission was awesome, and pretty much the only part worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there.
- The "acting" was terrible, cliched, and boring. Act of Valor also features the most laughably bad interrogation scene I've ever seen. Picture the craziest Jack Bauer moment (I like to think of that one time when he shot the bad guy's completely innocent wife in the leg to prove a point) and just flip it 180 degrees. The baddie in the film wilts under the silliest threat of being treated humanely and his family being left alone.
- I think what really annoyed me most was that the film is generally a recruitment video for the Navy, yet the entire movie plays out like a two hour Call of Duty gaming session. From the graphics to the first person shots during the action sequences, I found it all a bit shitty. Granted, I know it's difficult this day and age to recruit for the military, but come on.
- There's also some heavy-handed bullshit toward the end of the film designed to reel the audience in (and piss off those who know better). It pissed me off.
- The action scenes are the only thing worthwhile about the film, and as result, I was really unimpressed overall. Pass.