“Act of Valor” – Review

‘Act of Valor’: Real SEALs, real bullets, real clichés | 2½ stars


Special to The Star

* *  1/2

Rated R | Time: 1:41

Act of Valor is not a documentary, but it probably should have been.

It stars real, active-duty Navy SEALs, demonstrating (without compromising national security) how they do their jobs. The script is fictional and actors play the non-SEAL roles, but it’s all inspired by real incidents. And that’s live ammo in those weapons.

This commitment to authenticity is impressive, but it ends up highlighting the film’s greatest weakness — a cliché-riddled script with a plot that may have been generated by someone throwing darts at a world map.

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