Sunday, February 26, 2012

Movie Reviewer Andy McKinney says "Act of Valor" a two-tiered experience

2 1/2
 The good news is, Act of Valor uses active duty Navy Seals. The bad news is, Act of Valor uses Navy Seals as the principal actors.
Movie Reviewer Andy McKinney explains this dichotomy:
"Act of Valor famously uses active duty Navy Seals as the principal actors.  This is a bold and innovative way to make a film and the producers are to be congratulated for their courage.  It also makes for a two-tiered experience for the viewer, one tier of excellence and one tier of mediocrity-at best.
"The close association of the film makers and actual Navy Seals must have contributed to the realism and excitement of the battle scenes, which happen frequently.  These are some of the most engaging battle scenes ever done.  There is an intensity and immediacy that is unparalleled.  The film shows in some detail just how good the Seals are at their job.
"And there is the rub. It is jarring and distracting whenever the warriors speak their lines.  It is hard for anyone to act in a way that is convincing to the viewers.  That’s why actors generally begin their studies in high school and often continue to hone and perfect their craft throughout their careers.  The warriors are not actors, which is quite clear whenever they speak.  Sadly for the viewer, the Seals are heroes, not actors.
"I liked the film more than the subpar two and a half saw blades rating shows.  The R rated film runs for 111 minutes.  The first time director/producer team of Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh should be proud of their effort, which will surely be a major financial success."
For Andy's comments and showtimes at the Sawmill Theatre in Payson, go to the Payson Daily Bugle's Movie Review Page. 

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