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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.
"Don't expect good acting from the SEALS?" Have you lost all sense of reality here Kev? You're actually willing to say that real Navy SEALS can't act well enough to act like....well, real Navy SEALS? They don't have to ACT Kev, they really are themselves. The way they behave on screen is how they normally act. That's how it really looks, and so that's how it's supposed to look. What all the other professional actors are supposed to be trying to act like when they portray SEALS on screen is what you just saw in AoV. They didn't have enough character development? Read the book, that has enough room to develop characters (and does, actually). The characters aren't complex enough? What makes you think these guys are THAT complex in real life? The movie isn't long enough for both the action and the character development, and it is after all, an ACTION flick. Did you want a nice little dramatic discourse on relationships with the family back home? You just got it, exactly the way the OIC normally gives it to his guys before they deploy. You think it didn't sound right? Well whatever you thought it SHOULD sound like, is wrong! The way you saw it in AoV is EXACTLY how it is really given. Now I've heard everything...real SEALS aren't good enough actors to portray real SEALS...RIIIIGHT!
Feb 25 - 01:33 PM
I guess people expect everything to be so over the top and exaggerated with military movies. But in reality its just regular men that do extraordinary things. There are no 10 minute long monologues when we go downrange just lets go and do our business and get out. I'm glad one person understands. Well said, sir.
Feb 25 - 06:58 PM
you missed the entire point of my review - The point of my review was that the "Acting" doesn't matter because the action sequences are so great. The parts where the SEALS have to read lines of dialogue is the "acting" that I'm referring too - I'm one of the few critics in the country who liked the film - heck, I went and paid for it again last - I totally dig the film - I only had 170 characters for that quote and it may be mis-worded but what I was trying to say was that, don't judge the film by the acting sequences - judge it by the action and the insane exposure we get to these truly amazing mens' lives
Feb 25 - 10:56 PM
By that logic if I made a movie about a postman and cast a real-life postman in it they would be great in the role simply for that fact.
Same thing here. They are real SEALs playing fake SEALs in a fake situation. And in doing so they have to display emotions they aren't really feeling and read lines of dialog they aren't actually thinking. And they are bad at it.
Feb 27 - 04:14 AM
Brandon C: Took the words right out of my mouth, at least someone stopped to think about that "argument"...
Feb 27 - 12:11 PM
they aren't bad in the action sequences where they actually planned everything - the directors said, "you are rescuing a character in this scene" and the SEALS planned it out like they would do it real life - those scenes were extremely well "acted" - it was the scenes where they were forced to read lines of dialogue from the script that didn't have a natural flow to it - but I'll sacrifice a bit of bad acting in those sequences for realistic action scenes
Feb 28 - 07:51 AM