A second theatrical preview was not-so-coincidentally unveiled yesterday (Veterans Day 2011) for Act of Valor, Relativity Media's upcoming militaristic action-thriller that features a cast composed largely of actual active-duty Navy SEALs - along with realistic combat scenarios that were devised with the assistance of "unprecedented Naval access".
This film was helmed by former stuntmen Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh, whose (collective) stunt work resume includes titles such as Speed, Spider-Man, The Italian Job, Bad Boys II, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and many, many others. Their experience working on said high-octane thrill rides looks to have serve them well, judging by the early Act of Valor footage.
Here is an official plot synopsis for Act of Valor:
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 stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.
Now check out the second Act of Valor theatrical preview below:
Act of Valor arguably looks and sounds like a cinematic adaptation of a military-oriented video game (ex. the Battlefield and - dare it be said - Call of Duty franchises) in terms of its multiple mission-driven storyline and use of visual tropes like the "soldier POV cam." The significant difference, of course, is that the tactics, maneuvers, equipment, and battle scenarios in Act of Valor are more grounded in reality - and thus, the film's action scenes are aiming not to sacrifice authenticity for entertainment's sake like those video game counterparts would.
The "downtime" and character/plot drama in Act of Valor has been largely left out of the film's marketing campaign so far - which is understandable, given the action-driven nature of the project. What few bits of the dialogue scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300) shown up to now have been (largely) either perfunctory or a bit on the hammy side, but nothing too off-putting. So long as Johnstad, McCoy, and Waugh flesh out the movie's characters enough so that viewers can actually connect with them, Act of Valor should be fine.
One thing that should benefit Act of Valor at the box office: the film looks to be primarily a visceral experience that allows viewers to feel as though they are passive participants on a Navy SEAL mission.
That will hopefully allow Act of Valor to play out as neither an anti-military flick nor a piece of pro-military propaganda - but, instead, find a middle ground between those two extremes and simply be (first and foremost) an entertaining piece of cinema that leaves it to moviegoers to draw their own conclusions about the current state of affairs in the world.
Act of Valor will arrive in theaters around the U.S. on February 17th, 2012.
Source: Crave Online
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