What a strange movie this is. Act of Valor can be split into two parts that are all mixed up. There’s the gut-wrenching, intense and uncompromising action and shootouts with real soldiers, based on real events that actually happened to some of the crew. This part deserves a perfect ten, and then there’s the emotional part that deserves a three or four, but based purely on the sympathy for the “actors”, since they’re trained for combat and not emotional scenes with their wives. You kinda feel sorry for them while they’re trying to express emotions because they have tried all their adult life to keep them deep down and to remain calm. As I said, there are a couple of relatively known actors in Act of Valor, but the platoon is comprised of active or retired Navy SEALs, complete with hidden identity and what not (they used aliases during the shooting and they were credited by them).

Act Of Valor PosterChechen terrorist named Abu Shabal kills a U.S. ambassador, his son and a lot of children in Philippines by using an ice cream truck filled with explosives (yikes!) and manages to get away. At the same time in Costa Rica, a CIA operative has been captured by cartels, and she is on her way to a remote outpost for a torture session. Lisa Morales was on a brink of making the connection between Abu Shabal and Christo a local drug lord who also dabbles in weapons smuggling. A special team is called and assembled for a rescue operation. Comprised of the best soldiers, they are ready, willing and able, and they should be since the rescue operation is just the tip of the iceberg.

Did I mention the action sequences before? Oh I did, twice, well here’s the third time: fucking shootouts! If you like FPS games like Call Of Duty or Battlefield you will love Act of Valor, it even has that first person camera during the shootouts. You can feel the expertise and the skill that these guys have, and exactly this level of realism will stop you from turning off the movie during the “dramatic” and “emotional” scenes. There are also two big issues that I would like to discuss, one of them being that this is the promotional video for the American Army, and fuck if I care. I’m not going to join it, but I enjoyed watching this movie. Secondly, there’s the bigger picture or the political background for this. ‘Murica invades countries with resources=>most of those countries are muslim countries=>muslims retaliate. You can watch this movie like that, but it wouldn’t be fair to the people that gave their lives serving in the army. The people you need to hate are the politicians and this is not a movie about them…

Director: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh

Writer: Kurt Johnstad

Cast: Roselyn Sanchez, Van D., Emilio Rivera, Rorke Denver, Dave, Sonny, Weimy, Ray, Ajay, Mikey

Fun Facts: The scene where the rocket did not explode is not a miracle or because he was lucky. Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and many shoulder fired Rocket Launchers ammunition is made to explode after certain amount of spins. This is a safety design in case it bounces close to the person shooting it. So in that scene, the Grenade/Rocket did not made the necessary spins to activate the detonating mechanism which is a pressure switch in the point.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1591479/

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