Act of Valor

Theatrical Release: February 24, 2012
Act of Valor


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.

Dove Review

This is a movie which demonstrates the very title in a few scenes, i.e., “acts of valor.” But sadly, it is one of the most violent movies I have recently seen. Blood flies and sprays various objects in this one. If you will pardon the expression, the “red” badge of courage is pretty constant in this picture and the violence doesn’t let up much. I did see a woman crying at the end of the picture after a deceased soldier is honored so it apparently hit close to home, but viewers will have to wade through a lot of killings.

One of the questions in the plot of the film is whether a soldier who is going to be a dad will return safely to hold his newborn. Sadly, despite its message of the acts of valor and sacrifices of so many of our soldiers, the violence level prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly picture.

Content Description

Sex: A crude comment about a rat scr*wing.
Language: J-2 and several utterances of language including the F bomb.
Violence: This is a very violent film with almost constant fights and blood being spilled or sprayed; many characters are shot and die; a woman has a hole drilled in her hand as she is tortured and it is a bloody and graphic scene; woman seen with a bloody face; people are shot in head; a woman is hung up alive but bruised and with a bloody face; it's stated a man hit in the head with a bullet will lose his eye; explosions; a bomb explodes and screams are heard; trucks collide and a truck hits a fence; a graphic scene of a suicide bomber and a human exploding; a pool of blood under a man.
Drugs: Beer is consumed; wine; man puts cigarette in mouth.
Nudity: Girls sunbathing in bikinis; cleavage. A close-up of a girl's rear
Other: A comment about "the grace of Allah"; talk of various religions.


Company: Relativity Media
Director: Mike McCoy & Scott Waugh
Producer: Mike McCoy
Genre: Action
Runtime: 101 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter