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Act Of Valour

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When two CIA agents are captured in South America, the men of SEAL Team Seven are mobilised. Soon they're on board a US assault ship in the South Pacific contemplating a strike against a noxious drug cartel and, possibly, al-Qaeda as well.

Act Of Valour
A celebration of US Navy SEALS, starring actual combat personnel, this is — not unexpectedly — the most unflinchingly patriotic war movie since The Green Berets, with one-dimensionally heroic Americans fighting the Wars On Drugs and Terror by blowing away foreign scum who want to torture women and bomb children (the baddies are a Muslim terrorist and best pal a Jewish Russian drugs smuggler). The script — without apparent irony — prefaces a quote from Mussolini with “a wise man once said”, and trots out more clichés than Hot Shots! Part Deux to the point that its panegyric to the military must seem comical even to right-wing flag-saluters. Less convinced audiences might note the authentic military lingo and body language but regret the feeble plot, wooden acting and mostly unimpressive action.

Another reason to avoid films endorsed by the US military, this is sub-propaganda tosh that inadvertently plays like Hot Shots: Part Trois. Unrecommended.

Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Atrocious propaganda dog turd of a film; even the action scenes suck donkey balls. 0% ... More

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Posted by spamandham at 18:47, 19 May 2012 | Report This Post


The patriotism in this movie is so think that you can cut it with a bayonet. The seals are all ruggedly handsome and courageous and take bullets in the gut, then bandage themselves up with the stars and stripes and insist on fighting for sheer bravado. I wish I was making that up, one solider gets shot through the eye, yet still finds the courage and sheer will to promote/preserve "freedom" (or that loose definition that the US have of freedom) to keep fighting on. The music is orche... More

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Posted by pauljeremiah at 15:51, 21 April 2012 | Report This Post


L: Wild about Wilder .... wouldn't even be worthy of a place on the rubbish movie channels on Sky Movies 4 Men, etc is it? 3/10 God help us I suppose there'll be a sequel.ote] When you diss movies for men, you're essentially dissing Lewis Collins' back catalogue - which is cruel and unreasonable. Besides, Command Leopard is quality. ... More

Posted by Russ Whitfield at 14:03, 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

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God bless America, gun porn, plenty of stars n stripes, heroic sacrifices and a military funeral with full honours...its all very serious here I tell ya. I have read this is kinda like a remake of the classic action fest 'Navy Seals', it does feel a bit like the Sheen/Biehn/Paxton vehicle accept for one thing, this film is highly realistic and minus the over the top characters...of course. In fact this film (like a few others) is so accurate you would think the SEALS are kinda giving thei... More

Posted by Phubbs at 16:45, 06 April 2012 | Report This Post


Oh come nothing wrong with the film that a new Director, Scriptwriter, Cinematographer oh & what's that other thing that at the start they didn't think they needed oh yes ACTORS! Sreriously though one of the most boring Action films i've seen in a long while wouldn't even be worthy of a place on the rubbish movie channels on Sky Movies 4 Men, etc is it? 3/10 God help us I suppose there'll be a sequel. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:57, 29 March 2012 | Report This Post

Semper Fudge.. ... More

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Posted by ash333 at 16:57, 26 March 2012 | Report This Post

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The action and tech on display is quite good, the problem comes when they open their mouths. ... More

Posted by Chief at 13:15, 26 March 2012 | Report This Post

Just leave your brain at the door and you will have a great time. ... More

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Posted by CJ1994 at 23:03, 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

...Not to mention a really, really naff title. ... More

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Posted by Whistler at 09:28, 21 March 2012 | Report This Post

still big

i hear though its gone down a smash hit in the US, which isnt suprising ... More

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Posted by mclane1 at 19:13, 20 March 2012 | Report This Post

Only thing that would get me to watch this

is if the charcters were portrayed by actual seals, not us navy ones, i mean actual seals. ... More

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Posted by Swedle at 16:35, 19 March 2012 | Report This Post

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