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Act Of Valour

2

A Navy SEALs drama that strives for realism

“A single twig will break, a bundle of twigs is strong,” muses a philosophically inclined commander of his platoon of heroic Navy SEALs.

This voiceover is one of many perplexing elements in this ridiculously pumped-up military recruitment video, which intersperses brilliant and immersive combat scenes with excruciating comradely banter.

If the politics are simplistic – think Team America – the performances (by real, anonymous SEALs) are even more so. Whether they’re saving catwalk-hot models or shooting cackling terrorists, the bundle of twigs analogy couldn’t be more apt.

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    • Jardoss

      Mar 12th 2012, 19:47

      Wow, that was short review O.o Still though, might see it because of the visuals. Filmed all on DSLR, there's gotta be something impressive about it :P

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    • Jardoss

      Mar 12th 2012, 19:47

      Wow, that was short review O.o Still though, might see it because of the visuals. Filmed all on DSLR, there's gotta be something impressive about it :P

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    • bloagsat

      Mar 13th 2012, 17:12

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      Oh irony, have you come to pay us a visit again today? “Act of Valor” the most videogamey movie to come out in the last twenty five years, doesn’t have any actors in it. Bah, this is an action film! Who needs actors when we have f*****g Navy Seals doing authentic Navy Seal s**t, right? Let’s put it this way: This movie was so ham fisted, that Jews won’t be allowed into the theatre unless they get permission from their Rabbi first. The movie opens with a terrorist killing a bunch of children with an explosive filled ice cream truck. Hmmm, I’m not sure if I’m understanding your subtly sir. Are we supposed to dislike this man? I mean, what kind of ice cream was he serving? I’m only going to be 33% upset if it was Neapolitan. Perhaps you should get him to punch a puppy as he’s walking away; no sense leaving anything to chance! Well, now that we’ve established who the bad guys are, how do we know who the good guys are? I know, let’s have a scene where a soldier finds out that he’s about to be a father, and right before he leaves on the mission he’ll have a barbeque on the beach with the other guys in his squad, and they’re all awesome parents, and they’ll go surfing! See, now who can’t relate to a surfing, shooting, father? This is f*****g gold. Now, just in case you don’t understand the nuances of an exploding candy truck, the filmmakers have generously supplied us with a droning voice-over to accompany the first half hour of a movie. That way, when a guy looks at his wife, you instantly know that he’s thinking: “This will be my last mission because I don’t want my son to be raised by my beautiful wife who will never remarry because she will be too busying mourning my death for the next sixty years.” When really he’s thinking: “Holy s**t, I knocked her up? Jesus Christ, now her t**s are going to sag.” So anyway, the Navy Seals have to stop the evil Ice Cream guy, who is actually a Chechen rebel, working with Somalians and Mexicans, who are planning on sending suicide bombers, armed with special metal detector-proof ceramic vests, through a tunnel into the heartland of America, where they will escape into the general population, allowing them to infiltrate shopping malls in Las Vegas, causing havoc when they detonate their vests. Las Vegas? Metal detectors? Shopping malls? Listen, I was just in Las Vegas, and not only do you not have to pass through a metal detector in any shopping mall, they’ll hand you an aluminum Viking helmet filled with beer if you stop to tie your shoes. Why are they wasting time with this b******t technology? If you want to kill tourists in Vegas, buy a machine gun; there’s a vending machine that sells them beside the twenty foot high statue of the hooker. Here’s the best part. When they do finally get to interrogate a terrorist, they don’t even torture him! Nope, the interrogator shows the terrorist pictures of his family and then reasons with him by saying things like: “You’ll never get to see them again if you don’t cooperate.” Riiiiiight, because the Shoe Bomber is going to get f*****g parole in 7 years (enjoy your stay in Cuba, mutherf****r; here’s a tent with your name on it). Listen guys, if you want to make a 90 minute recruitment infomercial for the Navy Seals, then book some time on QVC. A total embarrassment to film making.

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    • writerdave87

      Mar 13th 2012, 21:32

      So... I'm guessing you didn't really like the film bloagsat?

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 15th 2012, 22:08

      Restrepo it is then...

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