- Posted February 27, 2012 by
Moreno Valley, California
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'Act Of Valor' Wins Box Office Battle
This is a small Indie film that has the capture of Bin Laden and the rescue in Somalia to thank. Relativity Media and the production company Bandito Bros paid $13.5M for the rights to this movie, that has won praise for it's action scenes that feature real Navy SEAL's.
"I think the biggest asset we have at this point is word of mouth," said Relativity president of distribution Kyle Davies. "You can't buy that and you can't create it. It has to happen organically."
The picture follows a series of missions that revolve around a Russian arms dealer and terrorists that want to strike at America with a new type of suicide vest that cannot be detected by the usual scanners at airports.
The film opens with the daring rescue of a female CIA officer.
As you can see in my interview, my friends Larry and Laurie liked the film more than I did - giving it an A.
For me, the last one third was a little too much like a video game shooter - with hand-held camera's attached to the rifle barrels. But this is not surprising, the movie was marketed to gamers, and the audience was 71% male according to box office tracker CinemaScore.
Now I did feel really patriotic after leaving the show, and it does show the behind the scenes agony and bravery that these specialists who got Bin Laden go thru to keep Americans safe.