Chris Nashawaty
March 03, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Act of Valor

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/24/12
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it an B-

When Navy SEAL Team 6 raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound last year and took out America’s most wanted foe, they became overnight national heroes. And rightfully so. They’re absolute badasses. But attacking with ninja stealth, jumping out of airplanes, and tracking down terrorists doesn’t leave much time for acting lessons. With a cast comprised of real-deal SEALs (who, not surprisingly, remain nameless), Act of Valor is so rah-rah, it makes Top Gun look like Easy Rider. The plot is video-game simple: an Islamic jihadist from Chechnya is out to attack America on its own soil, smuggling a bunch of suicide bombers across the U.S./Mexico border. It’s up to the SEALs to stop them. When the bullets are flying, Act of Valor is undeniably tense and thrilling. The brutal chaos of battle is well choreographed by directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. But during this combat flick/recruitment video’s quieter moments, it’s stiff and sappy. Consider this mission only half-accomplished. B-

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