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Act of Valor (2012)

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

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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (USA)  »

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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 Army, Navy/Marines and Air Force ROTC units at the University of Illinois were given an advanced screening of the film along with a directors' commentary at the beginning. 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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506th Review: Decent war flick
21 May 2012 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Act of Valor is what it is - a salute to the US special forces, an action burner that goes for realism in its approach (which works greatly in its favor) Some will see it just an action flick, others will see it as purely propaganda and recruiting - and it really isn't either of those things, or maybe its both? - it does however work, and it works pretty well.

The film is split into two parts - in both parts the SEALs (played by real SEALs) go on an operation - we get to see the insertion, action, extraction, the cost - I would have liked more planning and briefing - but I'll forgive it as there was also no obligatory bar scene. It is reminiscent of British and American war films - John Wayne would be proud - but it brings some modern sensibilities to the filming.

It's shot in a basic action format with some nods to documentary - though more would have been good - and the camera looks and feels quite similar to Arnie's action films - Predator and Commando - and it even borrows some tricks from thriller movies - over- shoulder, heavy breathing, etc; There's nothing new, but it is a good solid, easy to watch, approach.

It is not excessively violent - though the body count is high - it has one major thing going for it , which really surprised me, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen - even though the acting is fairly light, it all works as it feels authentic and looks right.

All in all, a surprisingly good watch.

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