Act of Valour (2012)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 50 mins

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An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which ...

Cast: Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano, Roselyn Sanchez

Crew: Mike McCoy (Director), Scott Waugh (Director), Shane Hurlbut (Director of Photography), Nathan Furst (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Thriller, War

Release Dates: 24 Feb 2012 (India)

Tagline: The only easy day was yesterday.

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Did you know? Due to the SEALs deployment cycles principal photography of the film took two and half years. Read More
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as Lisa Morales
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as Yacht Henchman #1
as Screaming Mom
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as Cartel & Mexican SOF
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as Commander Pedros
as Abu Shabal
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as Cartel & Mexican SOF
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as Christo's Thug
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Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital
ARRIFLEX 235, ARRIFLEX 35 III, ARRIFLEX 435 Xtreme, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon EOS-5D Mark II, Canon EOS-7D, Panavision Panaflex, Phantom HD
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
The only easy day was yesterday.
Factual Mistake
The lens used on the Canon 20D to take near photos of the weapon transport hasn't got anywhere near the magnification shown in the film. Thus, the viewfinder pictures are taken from a different position, or with a much bigger lens.

Factual Mistake
Motorcycle plate numbers in the Philippines comprise a 4-digit number followed by 2 letters. And though the ice cream truck bears a correct plate number convention for 4-wheel vehicles (3-letter and 3 number), the color of the plate is red, which is issued for government/official vehicles only.

Factual Mistake
At the beginning of the film, the spelling for the International School shall be 'Sekolah Internasional' instead of 'Seolah Internasional'; which is an Indonesian or Malay language not Philippines.

Errors in Geography
The male CIA Agent meeting up with Agent Morales in Costa Rica claims to have ridden his motorcycle from Colombia that day. There are no roads between Central and South American. The Pan-American Highway is broken up by a virtually impassable section called the Darien Gap. Vehicles have to be transported from one to the other.

Errors in Geography
At the beginning of the film, there was a shot which is supposed to be in the Philippines, but if you look closely, some store names are printed in the Indonesian or Malay language. Also in the Philippines, there are no Buddhist spirit houses in any school grounds. The film showed a typical Thai/Cambodian school with spirit houses. The school uniforms were also typical of Thai/Cambodian students.

Crew/Equipment Visible
During the Jungle Raid, the second guard is shot and the three-man team emerges from the water. We see the lead SEAL's point of view as he makes his way on the embankment and after he passes below the larger tree branch, at least two silhouettes of crew members are clearly seen kneeling at the top of the bank on the right side of the screen behind the shrubs. The following shot is from the position of those crew members.

When in a two truck convoy traveling through the cartel-controlled area of Mexico, the first half of the trip features a GMC and an International dump truck. The second half features a GMC, still in the lead, but the second truck is now a Freightliner.

The bus which the terrorists left in was #14 (large no. above front windshield above front passenger) but they pulled into 'milk factory' and unloaded from #15.

Mexico, the first (GMC) dump-truck hits a car located in the street parked to stop it. After the crash you can see actual damages on the right side, the light and the metallic bumper of the truck. In subsequent scenes the side, the light and the bumper have no damage at all.

While riding the rigid hull boats en-route to assault the Mexican town, Chief Dave's M4 does not have a AN/PEQ-15 laser sight. Later, during the assault on the town, he has one.

Audio/Video Mismatch
The Foley artist chose the wrong sound effect for the camera used by the recon team in Somalia. The camera used is a Canon 20D digital SLR, while the sound produced when the operator releases the shutter is that of a 35mm film SLR with a motorized film drive. Since digital SLRs use an imaging sensor instead of film, they do not need a film advance drive and would not make that sound. Instead, you would hear the click of the shutter followed by a much more rapid whir of the shutter curtains being reset.

While in Somalia taking pictures of "Bulldog" the Canon 20D (2004) viewfinder display shown is incorrect. Battery Power and ISO wasn't introduced until Canon 60D (2010).
The scene where the rocket did not explode is not a miracle or because he was lucky. Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and many shoulder fired Rocket Launchers ammunition is made to explode after certain amount of spins. This is a safety design in case it bounces close to the person shooting it. So in that scene, the Grenade/Rocket did not made the necessary spins to activate the detonating mechanism which is a pressure switch in the point.

The film stars actual, active-duty US Navy SEALs and SWCC. According to conditions set by the U.S. Government, their real names and identity are not revealed.

The film was mostly shot digitally on the Canon Eos 5d mk2; a decision made between the directors and D.O.P Shane Hurlbut to both save a vast amount of money on the budget and use the size and weight advantage of the 5d to capture the stunning action sequences. Hurlbut, who is an advocate of the HDSLR shooting system used a large number of the cameras, each fitted with a different lens system that stayed in place for most of the film.

The Army, Navy/Marines and Air Force ROTC units at the University of Illinois were given an advanced screening of the film along with a directors' commentary at the beginning.

The crew filmed at Navy training sites to provide realistic settings, such as a drug cartel base, a terrorist camp on an isolated island, and a smuggler's yacht.

Due to the SEALs deployment cycles principal photography of the film took two and half years.

In certain key scenes real ammunition was used during filming to get the realistic effect.

In the commentary the producers say the torture scene is a "Hollywood" torture scene. The stories that they researched and heard about were far more sadistic and gory than what they shot on scene. They were also certain they would get a X rating if they filmed some the methods they researched.

Surviving an RPG hit is based on a true story of Channing Moss. Moss was hit by an RPG on the left side of his body that extended out of his skin on the right side, although the RPG did not explode. Surgeons removed the RPG without it going off, but most of Moss' pelvic bone shattered and much of the large intestine was removed. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

The scene where a SEAL saves his comrades by throwing himself on a grenade is based on the real life case of Navy SEAL Michael Mansoor who did just that in 2006 whilst fighting in Ramadi, Iraq. He was later posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and President George W. Bush attended his funeral, later stating that he was profoundly moved by the sight of numerous SEALs embedding their Trident badges into the coffin, just as depicted in Act of Valor.

Some the scenes depicted are based on real events, such as the SEAL at the end shot over a dozen times and surviving, the SEAL getting shot in the eye, the rescuing of the CIA agent and other various scenes.
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Followed by: Act of Valor 2 (English)