The dudes of derring- do
Director: Mike Mccoy, Scott Waugh Stars: Emilio Rivera, Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano
Miss miss, bang bang. HERE is a film of bits and pieces. Shift your gaze from the good bits for no more than a nanosecond and the whole thing falls to pieces.
An utterly bizarre war flick, Act of Valor is a wacko experiment in US military recruiting that appears to have blown up in Hollywood’s face.
Filmmakers Mike Mccoy and Scott Waugh ( who bill themselves on their business cards as The Bandito Brothers) were tapped by Uncle Sam to crank out a commercial celebration of all- American firepower.
They were free to use all the tanks, guns, boats and planes they wanted, so long as some glamour was bestowed upon the life of an everyday grunt.
Somewhere along the line, this PR project has mutated into a fictionalised feature film – with real- life Navy SEALS playing the lead roles.
These dudes of derring- do have supposedly had their names suppressed from the credits because they are still regularly deployed on secret missions.
It’s more likely the move was made to stop them being prank- called for the rest of their lives by kids who know bad acting when they see it.
These untrained thespians are not just wearing fatigues. They are wearing down the audience into a state of fatigue as well.
The poor fellows recite their lines like kidnap victims forced to read ransom commands to a video camera. You feel for them while having no concept of what they must be going through.
Thankfully, the paper- thin plotting is regularly steamrolled by some incredibly authentic and genuinely exciting extended combat sequences. Though the Bandito Brothers lunk- headedly film these skirmishes like a first- person- shooter video game, there’s no mistaking the magnificent fighting skills up there on the screen.
If you don’t mind your movies as subtle as a monster truck being driven through a retirement home, then Act of Valor will make the aching wait for the release of
The Expendables 2 go that little bit faster.