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Act of Valor featurette featuring live ammo is dangerously cool

Jan. 28, 2012by: Paul Shirey

ACT OF VALOR is one of those films that seems to be sneaking up on people, much like the SEAL team operators featured in the film going in for a silent kill. When I first heard of ACT OF VALOR it sounded almost gimmicky, using real-life Navy SEALS to portray their counterparts on film. SEAL team operators are outstanding at what they do, but acting? I just wasn't sure.

However, with the release of the first two trailers, the second of which rocks the house (along with some cleverly fitting Snow Patrol music), I am convinced that this is going to be a hell of a movie. Check out the featurette below, which highlights the film's use of live ammunition through much of the film, yielding some awesome results.

Pretty sweet, yeah? So, I have to confess my bias here, as I am a combat veteran (although was NOT a SEAL) and am pleased as punch to see a film that is going out of its way to be as authentic as possible in portraying some of America's most elite warriors. Too often in film are the military characters and details botched, leaving a very ugly stain on the reality of what the military does, how they do it, and, for film's sake, how they look while doing it.

Ask any active duty military member or combat veteran about some of the military-themed films out there and you'll typically get an eye roll and some enlightening swear words pertaining to the film's "accuracy" (BASIC and THE HURT LOCKER are the worst offenders).

With Navy SEALS being at the height of popularity these days, what with dispensing of a certain well-known terrorist, the curiosity about who they are and what they do is at it's peak.

ACT OF VALOR will probably be seen by many as a "recruitment film" (of which the idea first began), but the metamorphosis of the process to make it, which took two years to complete, looks to be something very different.

With all the heavy-handed CGI and over-the-top action we've seen of late, I'm stoked, not only as a veteran, but as a movie geek, to see some non-CGI, practical effects action. And live ammo to boot!

Check out the below "Making Of" to get some more insight into the film and check out ACT OF VALOR in theaters on February 24th, 2012.

Oh, yeah, the movie also has Roselyn Sanchez in it, which doesn't suck.

Extra Tidbit: None of the real-life Navy SEALS will be named in the credits of the film for obvious reasons, as they are still active duty and likely conducting operations as you read this.

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10:44PM on 01/29/2012
THIS LOOKS AWESOME.... for an Army/Navy commercial, as a movie... not so much. I respect what our military does and everything but I don't need to see a "real" movie like this, I'd rather watch something with good acting and an unbelievable story.
THIS LOOKS AWESOME.... for an Army/Navy commercial, as a movie... not so much. I respect what our military does and everything but I don't need to see a "real" movie like this, I'd rather watch something with good acting and an unbelievable story.
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6:28PM on 01/29/2012
I have nothing but the up most respect for soldiers. What they do on an everyday basis is something I could never do. I am quite looking forward to this, it will be interesting to see what an accurate soldier film is like
I have nothing but the up most respect for soldiers. What they do on an everyday basis is something I could never do. I am quite looking forward to this, it will be interesting to see what an accurate soldier film is like
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1:20PM on 01/29/2012

The real Deal

I cannot wait to see this movie and I have several reasons. (1) I am Active Duty Navy and and although I am not a SEAL I work closely with them and have met the SEAL's and movie crew. (2) That is a real Submarine in the movie the USS Florida the SEAL's and film crew where on board for a week filming the scenes for the movie. (3) I have many friends serving on the crew and am myself a member of the crew and it will be interesting to see how many of us make the final cut. This movie is being
I cannot wait to see this movie and I have several reasons. (1) I am Active Duty Navy and and although I am not a SEAL I work closely with them and have met the SEAL's and movie crew. (2) That is a real Submarine in the movie the USS Florida the SEAL's and film crew where on board for a week filming the scenes for the movie. (3) I have many friends serving on the crew and am myself a member of the crew and it will be interesting to see how many of us make the final cut. This movie is being labeled as a propaganda/recruiting film for the NAVY. I don't believe it is, it is to tell the story of the Brave Men and Women who the 1% of the United States population who kiss Loved Ones goodbye everyday and sacrifice everything to protect out nation and never expect anything in return. To Everyone past, present and future who has put on the uniform THANK YOU and GOD BLESS.
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4:01PM on 01/29/2012
That's awesome! Hopefully you're in it. I don't even care if it plays out like a recruiting video. This would probably be my favorite movie of the year when I was 10 years old.
That's awesome! Hopefully you're in it. I don't even care if it plays out like a recruiting video. This would probably be my favorite movie of the year when I was 10 years old.
10:55AM on 01/29/2012

I Love Accuracy but...

Its best to not get too hung up on it. Yeah the Hurt Locker got a lot wrong but it was an indie movie shot on a shoestring budget with zero help from the military (but they pull out all the stops for shit like Transformers.) The Dirty Dozen got plenty wrong too, I still love it.

Really digging this movie. Even if the acting, dialog and story are shit I think we'll at least have a far superior 'America Fuck Yeah' movie to replace crap like 'The Delta Force.' To be enjoyed on Friday nights
Its best to not get too hung up on it. Yeah the Hurt Locker got a lot wrong but it was an indie movie shot on a shoestring budget with zero help from the military (but they pull out all the stops for shit like Transformers.) The Dirty Dozen got plenty wrong too, I still love it.

Really digging this movie. Even if the acting, dialog and story are shit I think we'll at least have a far superior 'America Fuck Yeah' movie to replace crap like 'The Delta Force.' To be enjoyed on Friday nights with beer & buddies for many years to come.
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2:17AM on 01/29/2012
Real heroes are "Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language"
I can't think of anybody stupid enough to make an action movie of this nature and aim for PG-13, can you?
Real heroes are "Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language"
I can't think of anybody stupid enough to make an action movie of this nature and aim for PG-13, can you?
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10:46PM on 01/29/2012
The fact that your name is Captain Planet and you cry about that PG-13 Expendables rating so much is pretty funny. Maaaan I can only imagine how that has taken over your mind... festering inside, driving you insane. I think pretty soon you will be going on a very HARD R killing spree just to stick it to Chuck Norris and everyone else who did you wrong on a daily basis. I feel bad for the people around you right now... stop PMSing over a movie rating you fuck.
The fact that your name is Captain Planet and you cry about that PG-13 Expendables rating so much is pretty funny. Maaaan I can only imagine how that has taken over your mind... festering inside, driving you insane. I think pretty soon you will be going on a very HARD R killing spree just to stick it to Chuck Norris and everyone else who did you wrong on a daily basis. I feel bad for the people around you right now... stop PMSing over a movie rating you fuck.
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1:10AM on 01/29/2012

it might be fun

but boy oh boy, this looks like CALL OF DUTY the movie, quite literally.
but boy oh boy, this looks like CALL OF DUTY the movie, quite literally.
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4:10PM on 01/29/2012
Different username, same old WP-DFA.
Different username, same old WP-DFA.
5:27PM on 01/29/2012
not sure what you're talking about but you gotta be high not to see that this resembles a Call of Duty game to a tee. If there was ever a movie adaptation, this would be it. The way the drama is presented, the characters, the action -- everything. It's quite humorous actually. Might make for a good movie who knows, but dammit if it isn't COD: The Movie lmao
not sure what you're talking about but you gotta be high not to see that this resembles a Call of Duty game to a tee. If there was ever a movie adaptation, this would be it. The way the drama is presented, the characters, the action -- everything. It's quite humorous actually. Might make for a good movie who knows, but dammit if it isn't COD: The Movie lmao
3:10PM on 01/31/2012
Still looks to be very accurate and fun.
Still looks to be very accurate and fun.
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11:41PM on 01/28/2012
As a current active duty Air Force person I really appreciate the effort to make this movie. You are exactly right when it comes to most military movies, they are usually very inaccurate. Since a large majority of the American population don't know what military life is like, hopefully this will shed some light as to the sacrifices some people make to keep us free.
As a current active duty Air Force person I really appreciate the effort to make this movie. You are exactly right when it comes to most military movies, they are usually very inaccurate. Since a large majority of the American population don't know what military life is like, hopefully this will shed some light as to the sacrifices some people make to keep us free.
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10:12AM on 01/29/2012
First thank you very much for your service. Can anybody please explain why people are giving this guy a thmbs down for his comment? anybody who does should think twice before you cowardly give this person a thumbs down
First thank you very much for your service. Can anybody please explain why people are giving this guy a thmbs down for his comment? anybody who does should think twice before you cowardly give this person a thumbs down
4:10PM on 01/29/2012
Thank for your service man. Really cool what you are doing.

@countem: Some people on here have no respect. Thumbing down people who actually do something for their country.
Thank for your service man. Really cool what you are doing.

@countem: Some people on here have no respect. Thumbing down people who actually do something for their country.
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