Act of Valor

Mike McCoy & Scott Waugh
Alex Veadov
Roselyn Sanchez
Nestor Serrano
Emilio Rivera
Rated: R

Should’ve just been called “Call of Duty: The Movie.”

“Act of Valor” is a new film about war, centering on a unit of Navy SEALS, played by actual military personnel. The film starts with them in training back in the states. However duty calls and the team must go across the world using all of their combined efforts and technologies to hunt down and stop a terror cell from striking inside the United States.

The plot of this film is amazingly weak, with it barely having a structured narrative. The film constantly flips back and forth to different locations (with an annoying map display every time it does) making for a very disjointed experience. I said it could’ve been a movie of Call of Duty and the reason is that that’s the way it plays out. There’s the mission and then a cut scene followed by another mission.

I have all the respect in the world for the military personnel and it was pretty cool seeing real ones in this movie. That being said, they really don’t know how to act, making for horrible delivery of their lines. It wasn’t just their fault though, the writing was awful, too.

The dialogue here is so cliche and the characters are written with no depth what so ever. I can’t remember any of the names of the characters in this movie, to me they were all the same since they had zero personality traits. The one character who I could differentiate was their commander since he had a beard.

I can commend the film makers for the action though. The battle scenes were well shot and the cinematography was gorgeous. Plus I’ve heard they used live ammunition during filming which added to the gun fight scenes. There were even some scenes that were shot in a “first-person shooter” style which were really good and showed that we’ve come a long way in that since 2005’s “Doom.”

The action scenes looked really good in this flick and it was neat seeing some of the gear that the Seals have, however this does not save it in any way. The plot and characters are dull and offer no level of depth making it hard to care about anything that happens. This gets a really low 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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