Act of Valor features real Navy Seals
The trailer for Act of Valor surprised me, mainly because I didn't realise it was happening but also because it looks so action packed and looks so Hollywood, except it's based on reality and features real life, in active duty, Navy SEALS.
If you're like me you're trying to reconcile the two notions, a Hollywood action film with active Special Forces operatives playing the roles, it seems bizarre, and yet it's happening and you can see it in the trailer.
The film is directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. Waugh is a stuntman who has added actor, writer and director to his roles as is McCoy. They both worked on a documentary called Navy SWCC which they co-directed together.
Navy SWCC are the U.S. Navy's Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen who operate and maintain the state of the art, high performance boats used to support special operations missions, especially those performed by the Navy SEALS. It's probably through this documentary short film that they came upon Act of Valor.
Here's the blurb for Act of Valor:
When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA op leads to the discovery of a terrorist plot, a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop an attack that could kill thousands of US civilians, they must balance commitment to their country, team and families.
The film's official site has more information which I can't copy out, but it tells us that it stars active duty Navy SEALs playing their roles in a story which is inspired by real life events. Combining stunning combat sequences, the latest battlefield and special operations technology, and takes us right into the lives of a group of highly trained soldiers.
The plot of the film that is described on the official site really does play out like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, except there is no multinational force in the film, it's all about the American Navy SEALs who get one mission, complete it and in the process find another piece of intelligence that leads them to a new mission, a new location and a new threat, each time building to an epic conclusion.
While the main draw for some will be the active duty SEALs playing the roles, for me it's the realism of the events. Watching the superb trailer there are moments where I think I'm watching a Hollywood-ised version of modern warfare, some of it looks a little too game or film orientated to be real, and yet it is.
This does look pretty superb, I just hope the story and the performances hold up around the realism and the set pieces. See what you think with the trailer from Yahoo Trailers, where you can see it in high definition, through First Showing.