Posted on 3/07/12 08:14 AM
Last night my father and I went out for a guys night out. He wanted to go see a movie he knew my mother would not want to see, so he picked the film Act of Valor. It was an enjoyable movie to a certain extent, but there were a lot of flaws throughout the film.
Act of Valor is centered around a group of soldiers that are trying to stop a potential terrorist attack in the United States. The terrorists are attempting to use underground tunnels from Mexico to get into America to use these explosive vests they have on. The film stars active duty soldiers and supposedly uses real life military tactics.
No doubt the actions scenes are pretty awesome. Constant gunfire and explosions going on, what more could a group of guys ask for in a movie? To be honest though, there is a lot more at least I could ask for.
I don't think at the end of the film I could name a single character. The film spent little to no time actually developing the characters so when the action scenes started I really didn't know who was doing what. I thought that since the movie involved active duty soldiers that the film-makers would want to try to create a relationship with the characters to make it more intense. In total I would say there was about 10 minutes of dialogue in the movie, and the rest were action scenes. Although it is clear that these soldiers are great at what they do, they were not meant to be actors.
Between the terrible acting and the lack of character development it became kind of hard to care much about the characters. I won't completely spoil it for everyone, but at the end when something happens to a certain character I found myself asking "who was that?" For a scene that was meant to be so dramatic I wish I could have known for sure who the character was. Eventually you are able to figure it out before they show you, but I thought that something that was supposed to be one of the most powerful scenes in the film that it would be pretty clear.
I would not say this was a bad film. Yeah, the acting sucks and you don't really know who the characters are, but the action scenes are pretty awesome. It was pretty cool to watch the soldiers in action and getting a different perspective on what it is like for the soldiers as they go on their missions. Check out the movie if you are into war movies but I would recommend keeping a couple of the things I mentioned above in mind while watching the film.
"You live your life by a code, it's your shore line - it's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home."- Navy Seal