Me and My Nine Iron

March 7, 2012

Act of Valor review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 4:30 pm

Seen at a pre-release screening in Los Angeles:

The best action movie I ever saw. Say what you will about the acting, but if you can’t appreciate the action–or even say it doesn’t hold up to other war movies–you’re the reason why war movies have never been accurately portrayed. Because Hollywood sacrifices accuracy for entertainment, which is not what I’m about. (To see what’s wrong with your favorite Navy SEAL movie from a retired Navy SEAL Captain, click HERE.) This is done right with active duty U.S. Navy SEALS with a fictional story comprised of five actual missions that these SEALS experienced.

Yes, the acting (only in the beginning) was contrived, but once they’re in their element, you can tell they’re comfortable in their intensity. The emotional points in the story also fell short, but I’d prefer all of that if it means getting the most accurate experience to combat we’ve ever seen in a movie. And that’s certainly achieved through helmet-cams for soldiers’ POV and first-person shooter. A must-watch for any action buff. Just don’t expect a cinematic masterpiece, and you’ll come away with a great time.

Act of Valor opened on 2/24 with $25 million against a $12 million budget to lead the box office.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 6.7
What it should be: 7.7




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