Stunt coordinators-turned-filmmakers Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh are teaming up with screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) and a crew of real active-duty Navy SEALS to produce Act of Valor, a new militaristic thriller that chronicles the daily experiences of a platoon - which includes skydiving from cargo planes, swimming alongside submarines, and infiltrating secret terrorist bases of operation.
Both the previously-released Act of Valor theatrical trailer and extended promo focused on highlighting the film's more realistic combat sequences and "up-to-the-minute" battlefield tactics/technology. Today, we have a third trailer that continues to focus on those aspects of the production, while also offering some more insight into the actual plot.
Act of Valor sees the members of the Bandito Platoon set out on a globe-trotting mission when a CIA operative is suddenly (and inexplicably) kidnapped. It turns out said op has uncovered the makings of an elaborate terrorist plot against the United States; hence, the Navy SEAL squad must perform a variety of missions around the world, traveling to countries like Chechnya, Ukraine, Somalia, and eventually the U.S. - Mexico border, in the hopes of preventing the coordinated attack.
Check out the third trailer for Act of Valor below:
McCoy and Waugh are well-versed in the art of staging exciting (and explosive) action sequences and Act of Valor certainly looks to reflect that. Visually and thematically, the film continues to resemble a live-action version of a militaristic/shooter video game (like a Battlefield or Call of Duty title) that does away with the hyper-stylized design and aims for a more realistic, if still somewhat exaggerated, vibe. Act of Valor seems to lack the grainy visual texture of director Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, but otherwise that's the previously-released war movie it most immediately recalls.
However, as far as plot goes, Act of Valor is at risk of feeling too disjointedly episodic, because of its multiple mission-oriented storyline. The hope is that Johnstad crafts some worthwhile scenes during the movie's "down time" that fleshes out its main characters enough so that audiences can better connect with them; otherwise, Act of Valor could feel like a collection of action set pieces strung together by uninteresting bits of human drama.
Of course, if all you're looking for is a movie with grounded-but-stylish military action, then Act of Valor is pretty much guaranteed to deliver exactly what you want.
Act of Valor is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on February 24th, 2012.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers