This is a quick movie review of Act of Valor.
I just pulled up Act of Valor on Netflix and checked it out. And to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed I did not go catch this in the movie theater. Well, I’m catching it now.
Act of Valor was pulled together by a couple of stuntmen turned movie director/producers and starred some real Navy SEALs as they go out on various missions, pursuing a few bad guys who threaten the sanctity of the peace of world and the United States.
When this first came out I let some reviews dissuade me from heading out to the theaters. I read too much into them.
The movie has one bad guy/group that our boys are chasing down. The first mission involves rescuing an asset, Lisa Morales (Roselyn Sanchez), by our elite team of SEALS.
The mission briefings dialog is fairly straight forward and almost too bland for a movie, but could be fairly representative of these kinds of situations.
The real eye-opening moments are when the missions are carried out. The tactics deployed, the training shining bright.
As the team drops in to the extraction point, it’s eerie to see how efficient they are in landing, communicating with support, and quietly moving in. The primary infiltration team is supported by a sniper and they go to work eliminating sentries and threats in the rest of the camp.
Extraction gets a little hot, but watching a fully decked out river boat show up to take our boys out and the mounted guns used to lay down suppression fire was seriously impressive. I’ve never seen anything like that in any movie.
The rest of the movie demonstrates more raids on potential terrorists and the coordinated maneuvers used to neutralize them.
Using real SEALs, I presume they had a lot of input in how the operations were carried out. The camera work ranged from standard cinematography to unique points-of-view of infrared, head mounted cameras used to see what the SEAL is seeing as he accomplishes his task.
Along the way you will see an occasional familiar actor but this is more about the boys in uniform and the familiar actors are more of an intermittent moment or two. And one thing I learned… if you’re the bad guy, you will never see them coming. Don’t even bother hiding. Your day is done before you even knew it was at risk.
The movie ends with a dedication to the folks who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11… people, who we will never know what they were doing, or how they passed, but know that they were doing something to protect our freedoms.
And I find my timing pretty fortuitous or odd, that I watched this movie just before Veterans Day.
Act of Valor is an engaging movie and if you have Netflix or any other venue that you have to catch it, I’d recommend it. It’s fun.