There is something really cool about watching a movie where military operators infiltrate the enemies backyard and takes care of business. This normally involves explosions, hand to hand combat scenes, high-tech gear, cool hand signals to their teammates, and guns. Lots and lots of guns. As far as I’m concerned, movies with hot guys blowing shit up is a straight up win for me and it’s something I’ll pay to see over any other genre. Except science fiction, but that’s a post for another day.
Normally these types of films have some well-known actor cast in the lead and the film, and all of its action, is centered around that one person. This is where Act of Valor sets itself apart from those films. Instead of watching well-known actors blow shit up, we’re watching an honest to God Navy SEAL team do what they’ve spent years of their lives training for and could probably do in their sleep. They aren’t actors. They’re operators. The idea of using actual professional is awesome and interesting, but could it possibly work? The directors of this film, Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, took a chance, but the question is, did it pay off?