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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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Follow-up to the 2012 film, 'Act of Valor'.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rorke Denver ...
Lieutenant Rorke (as LCDR Rorke)
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Chief Dave (as SOC Dave)
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SO1 Sonny (as SOC Sonny)
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SO1 Weimy (as SOC Weimy)
Ray ...
SO1 Ray (as SO1 Ray)
Ajay ...
SO1 Ajay (as SO1 Ajay)
Mikey ...
SO1 Mikey (as SOC Mikey)
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Senior Chief Otto (as SOCS Van D)
Katelyn ...
LT Lyons (as Katelyn)
Callaghan ...
Admiral Callaghan (as Admiral Callaghan)
Captain Duncan Smith ...
Captain Duncan Smith
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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$70,011,073 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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Plot line loosely based on an actual JTF-2 mission in South America. See more »

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The lens used on the Canon 20D to take near photos of the weapon transport hasn't got anywhere near the magnification shown in the film. Thus, the viewfinder pictures are taken from a different position, or with a much bigger lens. See more »

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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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For You
Written by Keith Urban
Performed by Keith Urban
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Emotionally manipulative to the point of being offensive and some of the worst acting I've ever seen
7 February 2015 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

"Act of Valor" proves that soldiers aren't actors and that if you're going to make a movie out of a gimmick you should ensure that someone has the common sense to stop the project before it becomes a colossal waste of time. I can't go into the premise of this movie without informing you of the biggest flaw of the movie: the stunts and characters of this film are performed by actual active duty Navy SEALS. That means the lingo, tactics and stunts here are real. Too bad none of these guys can act and the story is so paint-by-numbers that it becomes dreadfully dull.

The film opens with a terrorist named Abu Shabal (Jason Cottle) blowing up dozens of children and a U.S. ambassador using an ice-cream truck filled with explosives. Oooooh! I hate him already! In Costa Rica, a CIA operative who has been gathering evidence against Shabal's associate, Christo Toykovich (Alex Veadov) is kidnapped by his drug-dealing militia. That's when we meet our heroes (and by meet I mean they appear on screen and a box containing their stats appears next to their faces). The two main characters are Lieutenant Rorke (Rorke Denver), who informs us that his wife is pregnant with his first child (odds of living through this movie are low!), and Chief Dave (credited as SOC Dave in the credits). The SEALS learn of a most sinister terrorist plot against the greatest country in the history of time and space: the United States of America! The most infuriating thing about this movie is that I know there are going to be tons of people out that that will be suckered into loving this cliché-ridden snooze-fest. It's because the movie pulls every trick in the book to trick you into thinking you like this movie. Take Lieutenant Rorke for example. It's not enough that he's a hero, literally; he has a beautiful wife waiting for him at home and she's pregnant. On top of that, his father died saving other soldiers and he now carries that man's flag with him on every mission. I half expected Rorke to tell us that he was retiring after this last mission and that he hoped to reconcile with his son whom he hadn't seen in ten years and the villains to be gay child molesters on top of terrorists and drug dealers.

The cliché storm is not limited to our heroes, this film goes out of its way to throw in cardboard cutouts for our heroes to fight in the form of Generic Brand Bad Guys. We get maybe one antagonist that gets the slightest bit of character development, the rest are run-of-the-mill baddies, ranging from terrorists to cartel members that are just there to be gunned down by our heroes. The film, knowing fully well that it has no real emotional impact whatsoever (except maybe if you are yourself a Navy SEAL or you went through some kind of war) tries to get around this by dedicating the film to "... warriors of the Naval Special Warfare who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11" and then by listing all of the names of the men and women who have been killed. I'm up for respecting people who have given up their lives as much as the next person (despite not being a red-blooded, baseball-loving resident of America, the beautiful), but notice how this text comes before the end credits, ensuring that unless you walk out early you will feel compelled to sit down and read it. The movie then goes on to play a sad song about giving your life ("For You", by Keith Urban) while images of smiling children, people holding hands, soldiers and civil officers scroll.

To the people who thought this movie was emotionally effective, I say that had you not seen those last ten minutes (which have no bearing on the story whatsoever by the way) you would not have liked this movie nearly as much as you claim to. Even if you tried to avoid this montage of emoooootion, the movie would still get a leg-up on you by concluding itself with a sad reading of "Live Your Life" by Tecumseh.

To give the movie credit, the action sequences are well done in terms of pyrotechnics, intensity, realism and special effects. It's enough to jolt you awake in what is unfortunately a dull action movie populated with wooden "actors", incoherent lingo and an ultra-patriotic tone that tries so hard to get you riled up it becomes a little bit offensive. This was headed pretty quickly for a straight 0 / 5 for me, but thanks to the combat sequences it earns itself a 1 / 5. It's a terrible movie that I can only "recommend" if you are yourself an active Navy SEAL, you haven't seen a movie in so long you can't remember what acting is like and you are not able to access any war/shooter video game movies. (On DVD, May 9, 2014)


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