We’ve seen plenty of Hollywood war movies over the years that have been accused of being pro-American military propaganda, but how many of those (documentaries aside) have actually featured real military personnel currently in active duty? Act of Valor attempts to blur the line between fiction and reality by showing a fictionalized version of actual missions as portrayed by Navy SEALs who lived them. The movie claims to showcase real weapons and tactics, but rather than strive for gritty realism it goes the opposite direction with glossy Michael Bay-esque action sequences that are larger than life.
In theory, I’d say that this sounds like an interesting idea, but it’s hard not to question the motives behind it. The trailer makes this look like a feature-length recruitment video and so much less immersive than a documentary like Restrepo. Also, the casting of non-actors may sound cool but it could be potentially disastrous in any situation where emotion is actually required. Act of Valor is directed by former stuntmen Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh and is written by Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote 300 and Man of Steel with Zack Snyder. Act of Valor hits theatres on February 17, 2012; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.