Act of Valor is a curious little picture, borne of the militaristic boom surrounding the assassination of Osama Bin Laden by Navy SEAL Team 6. The movie features a cast of active duty Navy SEALs, and in fact began as a recruitment video for the U.S. military’s Naval Special Warfare Command. Relativity Media has since picked it up for a multimillion dollar theatrical release, now slated for February 17, 2012, where the Seals will face off against Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, This Means War, and Arrietty.
Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh directed Act of Valor from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300). Professional actors Emilio Rivera and Roselyn Sanchez play the foil to the real-life SEALs. Hit the jump for quotes from the filmmakers and the official synopsis.
Act of Valor follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs. The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.
Relativity president of production Thomas Tooley bragged to THR:
“Rarely do you find a movie that’s different from every other movie out there. It’s very much a military story and a patriotic story, but it isn’t a one-quadrant movie.”
“We believe the authenticity of Act of Valor will transcend demographic, race and political lines,” McCoy tells THR. “We hope viewers will get a rare glimpse into the SEAL community and that their lives will be as enriched by the experience as ours have been.”