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Act of Valor
U.S.A. 2012

Opening 24 May 2012

Directed by: Mike McCoy
Writing credits: Kurt Johnstad
Principal actors: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Jason Cottle, Ailsa Marshall

U.S. Navy Seals, played by real Navy Seals, are sent to rescue a C.I.A. agent kidnapped by drug smugglers in Costa Rica. Through the movie a tangled web is unravelled between the smugglers and terrorists, spanning from Costa Rica to Ukraine to the Philippines to the Mexico/ U.S. border. The most engaging parts of the movie are the realistic action scenes and the technology used in completing their tasks. Interesting enough the stunts were performed by the Navy Seals themselves. Since the film’s major roles are played by non-actors, the acting in the movie was painful. There was an attempt to display camaraderie between the two main actors and it did not come through. They memorized their lines and spit them out awkwardly in front of the camera. One aspect of the movie revolves around one of the major characters trying to get home to his pregnant wife. He is given permission for a two-week leave of action to return home but can not personally leave his team in the middle of a mission. He stays to finish the mission and in the end saves his team.

The movie is a bit difficult to follow due to the language used. During the action scenes the Navy Seals speak in military lingo and at times it was confusing. I was able to figure out eventually what they were talking about but I found it distracting to the film. Narration through the movie discussed bravery, heroism and code of honor. It is a highly patriotic movie and recommended for men loving testosterone and action. Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh and stars Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, and Nestor Serrano. (Marisa Todd)

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