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Act of Valor

Act of Valor
Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano, Jason Cottle, Emillio Rivera, Gonzalo Menendez and Real Navy Seals: Rorke, Michael, Dave, Ajay, Sonny, Ray, Van O and Weimy

Rated: R For language, torture and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 24, 2012 Released by: Relativity

    When I first saw the trailer for this film touting that active duty SEAL members were used instead of actors, I assumed it was going to be a documentary.   It is a fictionalized account of some of the real feats that they perform in their training sessions and special ops missions.
       Directors Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, former stuntmen and sports film producers have Sea, Air and Land team members, known as Navy SEALs take the lead in their film.   The names they use are phony, but the action (purportedly using live ammunition) is real and riveting.
        A short opening scene shows the men with their families enjoying a day at the beach before being deployed to the Philippines to rescue an undercover agent kidnapped by a drug cartel.   The mission involves parachuting into a swamp, storming a heavily guarded compound and being swept up by a speeding PT boat.
        As soon as they return, they're told that the operation revealed a dangerous plot to smuggle terrorists through Mexican tunnels into the U.S. , and they have to stop them.
        Very little time is spent knowing about these men, there is sketchy background about a wife and kids at home and another awaiting the birth of his first child, the bulk of the time is spent on action.   The SEALs, not professional actors, handle dialogue that mostly consists of planning tactics, well enough.   In a film like this, filled with explosions, gun fire and nonstop heroic action, there's not much more to say.

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