ACT OF VALOR Add To My Top 10
Realistic, Explosive, and Patriotic
Release Date: February 24, 2012
Genre: War Movie
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Relativity Media
Writer: Kurt Johnstad
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Real, active duty Navy Seals perform the key roles in this movie about the American military helping Homeland Security stop a terrorist from invading the USA. The story begins with two Seal Team 7 leaders discussing their married lives. They get the word to send their team to Latin America to rescue a female CIA agent captured by a drug lord who’s in cahoots with a Muslim terrorist. The agent has specific information confirming the link.
An intense firefight occurs at the drug lord’s secret jungle compound. The Seal team gets support from two boats flown in by military helicopters. The team barely gets away, though one of the soldiers loses an eye.
The Seals discover that the Latin American drug lord is connected to a Russian arms dealer, who is childhood friends with the Muslim terrorist planning the attack on America. Their commander leads a team to capture the arms dealer. After being captured, he reveals that his terrorist friend is planning to sneak across the Mexican border with the U.S. and unleash a terrible series of suicide bombings. The arms dealer has supplied his friend with undetectable explosive ball bearings sewn into easy-to-hide vests.
Can the Seals get to the terrorist and his gang before they enter the U.S. and disappear completely with their deadly explosives?
ACT OF VALOR sizzles with amazing action. The action scenes are among the best ever filmed. ACT OF VALOR isn’t all about the action, however. It’s also a heartfelt, patriotic parable about the emotional toll defending one’s country can take on the soldiers and their families. There’s some stilted dialogue, but otherwise, the movie plays surprisingly well, especially considering amateur actors are mixed in with professional actors.
That said, the war violence is very strong with some bloody scenes and pointblank shootings. There’s implied torture of the female agent, but nothing extremely gory. Also, there’s plenty of strong foul language. Finally, although ACT OF VALOR is moral and patriotic, it should have more overt Christian content. The faith of the soldiers is only vaguely, obliquely mentioned. Also, there’s a line about religious tolerance that also obliquely seems to attack all religious proselytizing.
All in all, ACT OF VALOR is designed for adults. Extreme caution is warranted.
ACT OF VALOR sizzles with action. The action scenes are among the best, most realistic ones ever filmed. The movie isn’t all about the action, however. It’s also a heartfelt, patriotic parable about the emotional toll defending one’s country can take on soldiers and their families. That said, the war violence is very strong, with bloody scenes and pointblank shootings. There’s also plenty of strong foul language. ACT OF VALOR is designed for mature adults.