Onetime stuntmen-turned-filmmakers Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh hope to recreate the real-life experience of Navy SEALs with extreme accuracy onscreen in Act of Valor, an upcoming war thriller that boasts a cast composed primarily of (appropriately) actual Navy SEALs.

An official trailer has been released for Act of Valor – and while it doesn’t offer much insight into the film’s plot or characters, the footage on display certainly suggests this production will feature some of the more convincing battle sequences and practical tactical maneuvers (say that three times fast…) ever put to film.

Act of Valor originated as a military recruitment video before it was developed into a fully-realized fictional motion picture – one directed by McCoy and Waugh, based on a screenplay from Kurt Johnstad (300). Relativity Media acquired the screen rights to the project earlier this year.

Here’s an official description of the film:

‘Act of Valor’ follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs.

Now check out the official Act of Valor trailer below:

This theatrical trailer largely makes Act of Valor look like a cinematic adaptation of a Call of Duty video game – what with its mission-driven storyline, explosive war violence, and familiar visual tropes (ex. soldier POV shots, slow-mo action, etc.). Combine that with scenes of officers living their regular lives – or talking about their experiences – and it seems like McCoy, Waugh, and Johnstad are designing Act of Valor to feel more like a pseudo-documentary than anything else.

Featuring a cast largely populated by non-actors – along with somewhat more recognizable faces such as Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2), Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy), and Nester Serrano (90210, 24) – can be a risky proposition for a film, especially one that calls for some heavy dramatic work. Fortunately, Act of Valor only requires the legitimate military officers in its cast to (essentially) play themselves… though, admittedly, sometimes even that task turns out to be a bit much for non-professionals.

Fortunately, since so much of Act of Valor appears to focus on scenes of actual combat, that (hopefully) won’t be too much of an issue.

Act of Valor movie poster (click for larger version)

Military-themed productions are a tricky proposition, all things considered. If filmmakers portray soldiers in too much of an unambiguous positive light, they are often accused of making what amounts to a glorified military promo. On the other hand, if they portray soldiers in too harshly negative a light, they are often accused of delivering an anti-military movie that unfairly villainizes its subject. So here’s to hoping that Act of Valor can manage a balance between those two extreme approaches.

Act of Valor is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on February 17th, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies