Act of Valor [Blu-ray] Reviews

Act of Valor [Blu-ray]

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Act of Valor [Blu-ray]

Go “down range” with real, active-duty Navy SEALs in Act Of Valor, the adrenaline-fueled action-adventure that inserts you into the heart of the battle, alongside America’s best and bravest. When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, elite, highly-trained U.S. SEAL teams speed to hotspots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack. Pulse-pounding combat sequences, cutting-edge battlefield technology and raw emotion fuel t

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  1. 23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seen A Lot Of Zombie Crap But This…, December 1, 2011
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    Johnnyd66

    Oh man, this show has it all. Have you ever watched a scary show or movie & been screaming at the characters, “what in the hell are you doing man! Don’t go off in the dark alone! Don’t leave your gun! Moron!!!” Well, this is one of the very first shows where I see people making decisions similar or identical to the ones I would make in the event of a zombie apocolypse. Sounds corny but it is a great show! I think probably my favorite show I’ve seen in years!

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  2. 24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Get Down With the Sickness, March 12, 2012
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    Sky (New York) –
      

      

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    I read the first 12 issues of Robert Kirkman’s epic graphic novel The Walking Dead back in 2006. Late fans to the story can now pick up the first 48 issues of the graphic novel in a convenient single work titled The Walking Dead: Compendium One. As of today, Kirkman has published almost 100 issues in the series (that I now anxiously check my mailbox for every month).

    What’s all that mean? It means that there are years and years of TV seasons ahead if AMC stays the course of excellence that it has so far done in the first two seasons. Why? Because as far as the graphic novel issue-by-issue storyline parallel to the TV series goes, I would guesstimate that the TV series is MAYBE through only about the first dozen issues.

    Has the TV series taken some liberties and made changes to the story(ies) presented in the graphic novel? Sure. But are those liberties just as well told as Kirkman originally laid out? So far so good. Actually, so far: excellent! Kirkman’s oversight has brought The Dead to life in this surprisingly fabulous adaptation of the graphic novel series. Why surprisingly? Because it is a rare occasion that a film or TV adaptation is as good as and so true to the source material. This is one of the best shows on TV.

    The Walking Dead continues the story of (former) Police Officer Rick Grimes and his band of normal-world-refugees across a world suddenly infected by a Walking Dead sickness. Civilization has been replaced by vicious hordes of the undead. But at its core, the story is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. There’s real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead series combined with believable scenarios.

    Rest assured, there is no lack of unfathomable chaos and horror in Season 2 of The Walking Dead…although like I said…not just because of the zombies, but mainly as a result of human survivors in desperate situations that must do the unthinkable to stay alive. Fans of the graphic novel will be screaming for Season 3 because of Season 2’s final episode cliffhanger glimpse of a certain person and place to come.

    The Walking Dead is a compelling, thought provoking drama. And if you can’t wait until the next season, the good news is you can cheat and start reading the graphic novels if you want to get ahead.

    Check it out.

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  3. 49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprised by how much I liked this., January 2, 2012
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    Shan “Shan” (Maine) –

    I’m not much for zombie shows or movies of any kind. It’s the human aspect of the show that drew me in. What they do, how they survive, the relationships that are made when the basic tenents of society as we know it have been broken down. I’d watch something like that even if there were no zombies. However, the zombies aspect of this show adds a wonderful scary element of danger that can’t help but make one wonder what they themselves would do in such a situation. This is a drama. It’s people plucked out of every day life and dropped into a new and terrifying world that looks exactly the same. It’s about how they survive. It’s not meant to be about zombies macking on people for an hour. Though the fact that that could happen does make it interesting. The zombies themselves are disgustingly well done and gross and the gore is quite graphic and realistic. When a zombie bites into someone’s neck and rips the flesh free and blood spurts and sprays…it looks real. There is a very disgusting scene involving a well in Season 2 that I will not go into other than to say…Wow. I’ve seen R rated horror movies that weren’t that well done or dramatic. Granted, the zombies are thankfully dense and sheeplike and they have only one purpose. To feed. On you. Add in a little imagination as to how you would survive in such a world and the show is quite compelling.

    I wont get into characterization too much other than to say there is a hodge podge to choose from. Some you will like, some you wont. Some will be easy to identify with and others will really make you think about what choices YOU would make in their place. All will surprise you at some point and you may just cheer for the most unlikely of hereos as well as the obvious ones. If you can handle the gore – this is a show not to be missed.

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  4. 33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Real Deal, February 21, 2012
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    Jay B. Lane “professional audience member” (Seattle, WA USA) –
      

    This review is from: Act of Valor (DVD)

    Navy SEALs are America’s warriors du jour. Remember that spectacular demonstration of marksmanship when three of them, standing on a tossing boat, felled three hostage-holding Somali pirates with simultaneous shots? That was followed a year or so later by the end of Osama bin Laden, so these elite fighters are the ones we look to for military prowess.

    I can only hope this film’s regular release contains the introduction by the two principals behind this project. They were embedded with a platoon of Navy SEALs in hopes they would get enough material for a movie. It quickly became obvious to them that there are NO Hollywood actors who could approach the calibre of the men they were with, in terms of fitness, devotion to their families, intelligence, and skill levels. Consequently, they cast a group of active duty SEALs! (Shooting was occasionally delayed while cast members were briefly deployed.) When we know those guys up there on the screen have actually done the things we see, it adds immeasurably to our involvement; plus, many of the scenes were shot using live ammo!

    The upshot is, even though the Bandido Platoon is a fictitious one, this story is based on feats of the most elite, highly trained group of effective warriors in the modern world, using up-to-the-minute technology under highly challenging circumstances. Because of artistic license, we see the same seven men off the coast of Somalia, in the Ukraine, in the tropical forests of Costa Rica and just south of the Mexican border. They are trying to stop a chilling plot that uses ceramic pellets in suicide vests. Ceramic doesn’t set off metal detectors, so terrorists plan a coordinated attack in crowded areas: football games, shopping malls, concert arenas and airports. When explosives kill and maim hundreds, the economic impact will be devastating (like 9/11).

    This film starts with the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative, which leads to the terrorists, who are linked to drug cartels in Mexico (they know how to penetrate America’s borders). The domino effect of international terrorism and drug trade is compelling stuff. How can the American drug consumer ignore the down-range impact of his or her folly! Expect lots of gunfire, SCUBA diving, some really satisfying blowie uppie stuff, and stealth warfare (when these seven guys silently break the surface of that stream… goosebumps!).

    I found this far more involving than your average run-of-the-mill action film. It’s clear that these guys are SEALs, not actors, but there wasn’t a moment when anyone’s attention strayed; we were rooting for them to complete their mission so they could all return home to their families. As the tag line says: The only easy day was yesterday.

    I will request notification when this DVD is available on Amazon.com.

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  5. 66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    About as real of a movie as it gets., February 10, 2012
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    Michael Good

    This review is from: Act of Valor [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

    You might notice the date for this post is two weeks before launch. that is because i am part of the military and was invited to an advance showing of this movie.

    Non-spoiler summary: Act Of valor is basied around SEAL Team 7 sometime around September 2010. This is a fictionalized film, these events really did not happen but they are baised on events that have happened to SEALS since the war on terrorism. In 2007 the two directors of this film, Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, worked on a film project where the navy allowed them to work with real Navy SEALS. The directors came out with an idea to make a realsitic movie basied on the Navy SEALS. While deciding on casting they decided that the only people they wanted playing the Seals were the Seals they met themselves. Act of Valor uses real Navy SEALS and at times real ammunition in some of the fire fight scenes.

    If you have not seen this film I definitely recommend to at least rent it. It is not a documentry but it is the most relalitic military movie that I have seen. Definitely worth a viewing.

    Some Spoilers:

    A CIA operative is captured by a drug smuggler. SEAL Team 7 is sent in to save her. SEAL Team 7 discovers the Drug smuggler is connected to a high level terrorist that seeks vengence on America. The SEALS are in a race against time to uncover the plot and stop the terrorist before they reach thier target in America.

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  6. 82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow!!!, February 24, 2012
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    L. COP (Banks, OR USA) –
      

    This review is from: Act of Valor (DVD)

    I know some people will think this movie shouldn’t have gotten 5 stars because of the acting. I did not go to this movie for the acting, I went to see our real life Navy Seals pay tribute to those who sacrificed everything for our country, and I was not disappointed.

    I have read several books by Seals and about Seals over the years, starting way back when Dick Marcinko’s first book came out, and I always watch any movie or tv special about them. I feel it takes a special kind of person to do this job and it fascinates me.

    This movie has a fictional plot; however, the extractions and sacrifices in the movie all have actually happened in the field and they are re enacted in this movie in different locations. How awesome was it to sit their and watch the things I had imagined in my head in real life. I say real life, because these are things they actually do, real technology actually used, real split second decisions actually made. The action was fantastic and I will go see this movie again on the big screen to make sure I caught everything.

    What was most profound to me was the way the team worked together and their commitment to each other. The fact that they can see something horrific happen to their best friend, and keep doing their job, put their emotion aside until their mission is done. I have read in countless books about men that keeping going while wounded not for themselves or to get back home, but so they don’t let down the person next to them, the person they go into battle with. This movie shows that. It shows these men to be multi faceted. They are not war mongers. They are men with families and a deep sense of history and honor. This is what I feel should be taken away from the movie.

    So if you are not sure what you are getting into with this movie, they were not shy about head shots and brain splatter, they did not focus on it, it was all done in a very matter of fact way, but it is there. There is a torture scene that made me squirm, not graphically shown, but you knew what was happening. Overall though if you have let your child play Grand Theft Auto or 1st person shooter games, this is not any more violent.

    This movie is not a propaganda or recruiting film it is real life. Remember that when watching, don’t look for something to be there for a political reason, as an american look at this film and be proud, appreciative and thankful that we have men like this willing to give everything so that we can be safe. I for one am, and I was really glad they listed the Seals that sacrificed everything for us at the end. This movie broke my heart while instilling a huge sense of pride for our servicemen and first responders. I hope everyone goes to see this movie on the big screen it is worth it. I don’t know but I hope the producers/studio whomever is in charge makes a substantial donation to the Navy Seal Foundation as the men in this movie were not, nor did they want to be compensated.

    Anyway I will be purchasing this movie as soon as it is available and encourage you to do the same, it is important to know what someone will sacrifice for you.

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