Every bit the shameless, jingoistic military recruitment film you would expect, ACT OF VALOR stars real active duty Navy SEALs as globe trotting soldiers defeating evil doers wherever they may be. Not nuanced or thoughtful enough to examine its themes in any meaningful way, and too self serious and manipulative to be any fun, ACT OF VALOR is basically "Call of Duty: The Movie."
One of the worst movies I've ever seen in my entire life and I'd bet one of the worst movies I'll ever see in my entire life. Its disgustingly patriotic (for all the WRONG reasons), racist, sexist, poorly shot and poorly acted. If you didn't know that they had cast real marines in this film you WILL know within 5 minutes of the film. Jake's post below me really hit the nail on the head as to why this film sucks.
One of the worst.... I mean WORST, movies I have seen. Honestly, there's very few movies that I wouldn't watch over again, this is one of them. Its just a poorly done American propaganda "video game" that reinforces negative stereotypes while being racist and sexist. This needs a counterculture rejection along the lines of Rocky Horror. Have midnight bills with outrageous reenactments. The time is now!
Navy Seals may lose an eye or a coupla legs in action, but they only die when they WANT to. Stunning action sequences, no character development at all - hell, one might as well say no characters, full stop. As far as recruitment videos go, it probably can't get any cooler. But it takes more to make an exciting movie.
Just about one of the most cheesy-awful "American military-heroism propaganda". It's more of an indoctrination designed to glorify the U.S. military and its exploits & to provoke so much pride among the masses of Americans than a honest film to the real issues.