Act of Valor – 2012 Movie Trailer

This Veteran’s Day I thought it appropriate to feature a unique film coming to theatres in 2012. Act of Valor is a fictional action movie featuring real life active duty Navy Seals. The film features real life military techniques and practices used in combat by United States Navy Seals. What makes the film unique is NOT the action sequences in the film, it would appear that  the action is material that we’ve already seen in countless Hollywood films by actors, tutored by real military personel. What makes this film unique is the extra element of these REAL soldiers, in effect demonstrating their often imitated but never quite duplicated military prowess for a fictional film.

In effect, instead of Michael Jordan teaching Denzel Washington how to dunk a ball realistically for a movie for us to see, we get to watch Jordan, himself, busting his legitimate, expert moves for ourselves.

I guess a cynical person can argue that the film is almost like a recruitment video. But the trailer to this film also hints at the real life dramas that accompany the risks and lifestyle these active duty soldiers face. As one would imagine, it’s not all fun and action. There is a sacrifice and price that is paid by the soldiers who serve our country. I’d be lying if I said that there aren’t any red flags regarding this film. The most obvious problem being that these soldiers aren’t actors. Which could prove awkward during scenes which require subtlety and dramatic realism. But I think the chance to get a glimpse of the real technology and the technique of our most skilled soldiers, outweighs those concerns. At the very least it will hopefully erase some of our memories of the generally criticized and disappointing genre film Navy Seals.

Act of Valor stars active duty Navy Seals, and also performers Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle, and Nestor Serrano. The film is directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. Act of Valor is scheduled for release February 17, 2012.

Official Synopsis:

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippinesand from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.


Official Trailer:


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