Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Act of Valor" is No Act, So To Speak

A while ago I talked about a movie they're making, a war movie that incorporates the whole fiasco with Osama bin Laden. Turns out the incident provided Hollywood with a new, modern day mythology to tinker with; war in the Middle-east. But no, I'm not going to talk about Kathryn Bigelow's planned movie about capturing Bin Laden. Instead, there's one movie in the making called Act of Valor and it seems to be doing things rather differently.

Different, how?

Well, for starters there are no actors in the movie. As of right now, they're saying that the main cast is made up entirely of real-life Navy SEALs. So yeah, forget about seeing people like Michelle Rodriguez playing a tough chick yet again because the movie seeks to go for authenticity and forgo the glitz and glamour.

What they're going for instead is extreme realism never before seen in a Hollywood war film. So yeah, despite the likelihood of American jingoism and romanticism about their wars, I'm still a excited about it. After more than ten years of being my favourite war film of all-time, can Act of Valor top Saving Private Ryan [1998]?

We shall see.

Another thing they're doing differently? The directors aren't directors by trade. Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh are (were?) stuntmen, so while they may be unproven as directors as of right now, I think we can safely assume they know a lot about action to do the film justice?

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