Guys put down your Xbox and Playstation controllers as we have the next best thing for the fans of war games, Act of Valor.
One of the best and sometimes worst things about this film is that the main actors are real U.S Navy Seals. Yes these guys have been in the battlefield and have gained honours in their own right. This is what makes this war film stand out from others in the genre. From the first scene where they parachute out a plane, to the action scenes where they are in the heat of battle, you know that these aren’t actors that have had a few weeks of training to teach them how to correctly hold a gun. The movement and communication between them is believable and exciting.
Here we revert to the bad point about not having real actors. Within the first few minutes of conversation it is clear that the marines on the screen decided to join the army rather than attend acting classes at drama school. The acting is weak at best. To reinforce this point, my friend and I were chuckling at some serious moments in the film. Luckily there are also real actors thrown in for good measure, who cover the bulk of the film and drive the story along. However you can’t help thinking that it would be better if the marines kept quiet and just did the stuff that they do best!
For those Call of Duty fans there are some great moments where the camera switches to first person. These moments are often done during kill shots and key moments in the action. The best thing is that these shots do not last too long so there no motion sickness like a lot of films these days. These moments will stick out for games fans.
All in all this is an exciting film to see with the boys with some exciting action scenes. Best leave your girlfriends at home for this one!! I did!
Sydney Social 101’s roving ‘bloke’film reviewer Syrus Wynne gave the film 6/10.
Here’s the trailer to whet your appetitie:
Here’s what the film’s about:
‘An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission’… Written by Relativity Media