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An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rorke Denver ...
Lieutenant Rorke (as LCDR Rorke)
Dave ...
Chief Dave (as SOC Dave)
Sonny ...
SO1 Sonny (as SOC Sonny)
Weimy ...
SO1 Weimy (as SOC Weimy)
Ray ...
SO1 Ray (as SO1 Ray)
Ajay ...
SO1 Ajay (as SO1 Ajay)
Mikey ...
SO1 Mikey (as SOC Mikey)
Van D. ...
Senior Chief Otto (as SOCS Van D)
Katelyn ...
LT Lyons (as Katelyn)
Callaghan ...
Admiral Callaghan (as Admiral Callaghan)
Duncan Smith ...
Captain Duncan Smith (as Captain Duncan Smith)
Billy ...
SWCC Boat Senior Chief (as SOCS BIlly)


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 ... Written by Relativity Media

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seal | mission | valor | terrorist | navy seal | See more »


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Action | Thriller | War

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Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Am That Man  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,476,632 (USA) (24 February 2012)


$70,011,073 (USA) (1 June 2012)

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The film was mostly shot digitally on the Canon Eos 5d mk2; a decision made between the directors and D.O.P Shane Hurlbut to both save a vast amount of money on the budget and use the size and weight advantage of the 5d to capture the stunning action sequences. Hurlbut, who is an advocate of the HDSLR shooting system used a large number of the cameras, each fitted with a different lens system that stayed in place for most of the film. See more »


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[first lines]
LT Rorke: Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stopped seeing you as dangerous. I've always remembered that, how being dangerous was sacred, a badge of honor. You live your life by a code, an ethos. Every man does. It's your shoreline. It's what guides you home. And trust me, you're always trying to get home.
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A Sadly Disappointing War Film
18 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a film like "Act of Valor" (2012) they will be a certain degree of love/hate thing going for the film and a big degree of controversy. Liberals will be screaming this is nothing more than propaganda from the U.S Military. Conservatives will be calling the Liberals "un-American" and saying the film shows what sacrifices men and woman go through every day to protect our freedom. Putting your political beliefs aside might be the only way you can watch this movie and judge it for what it is. For some that is impossible but I think that is the only way to watch this "yay America" movie. I am sure most of you will state this review was unhelpful simply because of my views on the film. All that aside and with the headlines this film was making. I was excited to see this film and thought it could be interesting. Sadly I would be let down by this film for this is a poorly executed, badly acted, and terribly directed film that leaves the audience sadly disappointed and filled with a headache.

The film is about a covert operation to fetch back a kidnapped CIA agent led by an elite team of U.S Navy Seals. But meanwhile a terrorist cell is planning an attack on the United States.

As you tell from my brief synopsis there isn't much too the story at all. A whole bunch of the movie is covered in the long and diverse action sequences that are littered throughout the movie. The movie shows the Seals brief backstory as well but giving us as little time to get to know them as possible so we can get to show off how "awesome" they are and show how much the solders sacrifice in order to protect our freedoms. To give you an idea on just how quick they want you to know the name of the characters so you can move on with is when a new Navy Seal came on screen they had a pop up telling the audience his name, rank, years in service. This come across as lazy and doesn't show much care for story at all. In that same regard there is only really two Seals that they focus at all on the rest are filler, background and I could not care less if they died or not and also I wouldn't recognize their faces either. Why should I care about these guys that I don't know? Because they're Navy Seals? Well maybe in the real world it works that way but in a movie it doesn't work that way.

The two seals that are focused on are Lieutenant Rorke and Chief Dave. The film does discuss their family background in the film. One has five children the other one has a baby on the way. The pregnant wife tells her husband to come home safe. We have seen this all before and this does represent some real life situations it doesn't make for very compelling drama at all. The two guys are buddy; buddy never once in an argument and the audience is constantly reminded of the soldier's baby on the way. None of this is help by the bad acting. All of the Navy Seals are clearly not actors and although they are great at staging all the action scenes they couldn't be worse as actors. They can't deliver a line of dialogue properly and are stuck with corny lines. Directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh had stated they thought no else could star in their film other than real Navy Seals. Well why? There are a number of War films that plenty of good actors portraying war realistically such as "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Platoon" (1986). So why did they have to have navy seals? Well this is where a lot of people a problem.

According to the LA times by Rebecca Keegan that this was intended as a recruitment film. This is where I have problems the film does have a propaganda-ish feel. The film presents the military and serving in war as an honor, a privilege which is all true but the whole film is going about war the wrong way. The film shows that if you join the military you as instantly brave and will sacrifice the ultimate to protect our country and while yes this may be the case for many in the armed forces who I do respect and admire but how often does this happen? How often do these real heroics go on? There is no grit and fear in this film. It shows it as your duty to head "into the fire and fight." But what about the ugly side of war?

To quote the masterpiece novel "The Things they Carried" by Tim O' Brain, "Four guys go down a trail. A Grenade sails out. One guy jumps on it and takes the blast and saves his three buddies…anything's possible- even though you know it can't be true." Where is that part of war in this film? The documentary" Restrepo" (2010) did a great job at showing us the ugly and fearful side of war while also showing heroism this film doesn't show anything but heroism. This wouldn't bother me if the film wasn't advertised as "a true authentic war film."

The action sequences are OK. Although the realism is there the editing is poorly done in some of the scenes from over using the first person angle and you can't get a hold of what you are watching. It goes much like a "Call of Duty" campaign except not as fun or as exciting and even that game I got more emotion out of than this film.

This so called real war film is disappointing venture that should have stayed as a recruiting video. Now go ahead call me "un American" because I didn't like the film.

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