Mouse McCoy, Scott Waugh
Coming again to save the motherf*cking day, yeah!
That song pretty well played through my head the entire time I was watching ACT OF VALOR. I guess as a Canadian looking on at this movie, I can take away a different perspective on the film. First of all, this probably wouldn’t be something that I would’ve watched on my own, it’s just far too rah-rah-rah AMERICA! for me. I can see the appeal of the film to Americans, especially ones with family or friends in the army, but it wasn’t something that really hit a chord with me.
It was a really interesting idea to try and use actual active duty Navy Seals. It does give the film an air of realism in the action sequences. However, outside of those sequences, the fact that they’re not actually actors really shows in their line delivery and often took me out of the moment. Additionally, since the film is going for the whole realism bit, a lot of Navy Seals slang is used and as a result, half of the time I don’t know what they’re talking about. I almost felt like subtitles were needed to explain to me what they were on about.
Another way that the filmmakers were trying to convey the whole realism deal was with the camera effects. Every now and again, the perspective would shift to first-person and actually made me feel like I was playing Call of Duty instead of watching a movie. In some ways, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it was a bit awkwardly done and I could’ve lived without those shots.
Interviews with the seven SEALs who starred in the film: The interviews mainly focus on how and why each of these individuals joined the SEALs in the first place and what their experience has been.
The Making Of Act Of Valor: A look behind the scenes at the production of ACT OF VALOR. Cast and crew talk about what it was like working on the film and why it took two years to make.
Real Bullets: The cast and crew talking about shooting live fire scenes for the film.
Real Seals: Some of the footage from this feature was used in the Making Of bonus feature, but basically it’s just a talk among the cast and crew about the Navy Seals and what it was like having real “warriors” cast in the film.
Silent Warriors: Another feature about the Navy Seals and why the filmmakers decided to use real “warriors” for the movie.
Keith Urban's "For You" music video: Well, this is pretty self explanatory. It’s a music video for the song that was created for and used in the film. There’s an additional Making-of featurette for the music video which is a separate feature that you can watch.
Additionally included is a Director Commentary as well as a Directors' Introduction.
Truthfully, in my eyes, it kind of played out like a long ad for the US Army, like the ones you see in theaters before your movie starts.