ACT OF VALOR isn’t your average, everyday popcorn action flick…
What it IS, is a low budget tribute movie to the Navy SEALS, co-directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy who are known collectively in Hollywood circles as the Bandito Brothers.
"Nobody from Hollywood wanted us to make it," Waugh told the Hollywood Reporter recently.
"That’s why we ended up funding it ourselves and finding private equity and why we really made a truly independent film with this."
Looking for a testosterone filled, name marquee cast?
You won’t find it in this movie.
What you’ll got instead are eight real U.S. Navy SEALS playing themselves on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. And in the process, taking down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all cost.
ACT OF VALOR is a high-octane composite of real life heroism by this group of still active-duty SEALs.
The screenplay was inspired by actual events in their lives and the production uses all the latest battlefield technology, equipment and intelligence against almost impossible odds.
A dramatic re-creation of past missions.
What you come away with after viewing this film is a genuine non-fictionalized account of how these missions went down.
That’s not to say this movie is going to win any acting awards.
Remember, these SEALs are playing themselves, and it’s not their acting skills they’re known for.
And frankly, there are some pretty monotonous, wooden and forced performances at times.
But one can easily overlook some of this production’s minor faults as you become engulfed and go deeper into the actions and achievements of these American heroes, more than any movie has before.
And remember, this is the REAL DEAL!
For the filmmaking Bandito Brothers this movie could become a gold mine.
They’ve sold off the distribution rights to Relativity Media for about as much as they’ve got in it and reportedly have retained 50% ownership.
So if it hits at the boxoffice they stand to profit handsomely while at the same time shining the spotlight on one of this country’s most derserving groups of warriors who operate under the motto:
‘The only easy day—was yesterday.’
ACT OF VALOR raises 3 out of 5 clandestine fingers.
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