Act of Valor Review:
Last night I made my way to the local movie theater with a couple of the guys to see “Act of Valor”. Act of Valor hit theaters on February 24th but if you haven’t seen the official trailer yet, here it is below.
If you’re reading this movie review of Act of Valor, your obviously interested in a career in military (specifically the Marine Corps). With that being said, I highly suggest you go see Act of Valor in theaters. As the sergeant instructors at Officer Candidate School would say, “That’s some motivating trash”, and indeed Act of Valor was some motivating trash. The movie aims to give the average American a glimpse into the lives of active duty Navy Seals, while paying respect to the true tactics by using such techniques as live-fire bullet filming.
As Act of Valor does feature active duty Navy SEALs, some of the acting is pretty poor, but the action and tactics seen in the movie are incredible. There is certainly a trade off by using the active duty SEALs, but what the movie sometimes lacks in acting, it completely makes up for in incredible tactics and military precision. You truly get an inside look into what a special operations force such as the Navy SEALs are capable of, and it’s pretty badass to say the least. We went to the movies with about 10 guys and every single one of them enjoyed it/was blown away by the action. As United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates, I fully believe you’ll walk out of the theater after seeing Act of Valor with a little more motivation, whether it’s a better workout the following day or motivation to complete your application, seeing this movie will get the blood flowing for sure.
Navy SEALs are some of the most bad-ass military men on the planet, so if you’re interested in watching a theatrical version of what they do best, I suggest you check out Act of Valor. However, if you’re really picky about plots, dialogue, and Academy Award winners, you should probably not see it and you probably shouldn’t be reading this site anyway (I’m kidding, but not really).
Here are some additional Act of Valor review snippets from critics and a few more videos and trailers:
Through the use of active duty Navy SEALS, live ammo and helmet cameras, Act of Valor produces insanely realistic action. Just don’t go in expecting good acting from the SEALS. -Kevin McCarthy from NerdTears.com
Fighting is a learned skill; so is acting. And the SEAL stars are plausible only when on maneuvers – performing as their own stunt doubles. -Richard Corliss from Time Magazine
As a piece of filmed entertainment, “Act of Valor” will never be mistaken for “Top Gun,” but it’s a heck of a recruitment video. -Rafer Guzman from Newsweek