I attended a screening of Relativity Media and Bandito Brothers action adventure Act of Valor a couple weeks ago in the movie theater on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in the harbour in Manhattan thanks to a invite from one of the executive producers. Obviously this was the perfect venue to see a film that stars real active duty Navy SEALs. Act of Valor is a powerful and uniquely authentic action film -- real Navy Seals play most of the key parts using real ammo (first time this has been done in the last 100 years in Hollywood) with real military weaponry and equipment. Even the aviators who were involved in the film as well as the personnel in submarines are all real military members and you literally feel the realism.
No need for special effects in Act of Valor when the reality is much better; the action sequences will have you pushing back in your seat like being in the front row of a awesome roller coaster ride. The best scene in the film - when the Seals ascend onto a moving ocean-going yacht and interrogate a drug dealer-terrorist makes you feel like you’re in the scene watching from two feet away -- amazing filmmaking with great intensity enhanced by the fact that the interrogator is an actual SEALs operative.
If you like action films you’ll love Act of Valor because it breaks new ground in filmmaking by virtue of its use of non-actors in key roles. Some critics may say the dramatic scenes lack emotion because more professional actors were not used but this is just not the case. This is the real deal and as such adds an emotional depth and intensity that is impossible to fake on the big screen.
Just ask anyone who attended the special screening on the Intrepid. At the conclusion of the film there was a long standing ovation and then the audience heard from many of the SEALs in person explaining why they participated and acted in the film. These guys are true American heroes and you’ll love watching them in action in Act of Valor a valiant story of mission commitment combat weaponry and most importantly valor and brotherhood. While most movies star actors who merely portray heroes on screen Act of Valor stars actual heroes showing how they lay it on the line for the freedoms that we as civilians enjoy every day. You’re going to enjoy the ride.
Filmmaker McG blames himself for Terminator Salvation star Christian Bale's on-set meltdown, which hit the headlines when audio of the rant was leaked online earlier this year.
The angry actor could be heard hurling abuse at the film's director of photography Shane Hurlbut after he stepped into Bale's vision to correct a lighting problem during a tense scene.
Disgraced Bale has since apologized for his 2008 outburst, insisting he and Hurlbut quickly made up and became friends.
But as Bale promotes the new McG film, he is forced to revisit the day he lost his cool -- and the director insists he feels the leaked-tape episode was partly his fault.
He explains, "It broke my heart, because I take all the responsibility for protecting my actors on the set day in and day out, and it's my responsibility to make sure that they can be free to express themselves in any way they like, and it's a real violation of the family of the set community.
"You can take anything out of context and you also don't want artists censoring their performance, so you gotta be really careful with that. You have faith that those outtakes never get out, to the Web sites or on the streets, in any capacity that would be unflattering or not in the service of the picture."
He tells entertainment news show Access Hollywood that the cast was in the middle of a tense war scene on the day his star lost his cool: "I wanted the blood up of all my actors... Everybody was very wound up and everybody was fired up and I wanted him (Bale) that way... I riled him up! I deserve all the blame -- in fact, throw me right under the bus.
"Christian is a very good guy, he's got no entourage, drives around in a pick-up truck, no assistant, he's just focused on being an actor, and he's really, really a good guy."
McG is still angry about the fact that the audio cassette of Bale's rage wound up in the wrong hands: "That's the proprietary material of Warner Bros. and Sony and the owners of the franchise... It was wildly illegal for that to be leaked in that capacity."
Movie executives are still investigating the leak.
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Actor Christian Bale reportedly flew into a rage on the set of the forthcoming Terminator sequel last Friday--just two days before he is alleged to have assaulted his mother and sister.
The Dark Knight star, 34, was arrested in London on Tuesday over allegations that he attacked his mom Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, at the capital's Dorchester Hotel on Sunday night.
Bale--who has denied the accusations--was subsequently released on bail, but reports have now emerged online claiming that he also lost his temper while shooting action movie Terminator Salvation at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
According to TMZ.com, the actor became incensed when he thought Shane Hurlbut, the director of cinematography, messed up a shot.
The site claims Bale screamed, "I will kick your ass" to Hurlbut, before hurling several other insults at him--in front of hundreds of cast and crewmembers, as well as Military Police officers.
However, other sources have played down the reports, saying Bale was simply "extremely tired and having a bad day."
Bale is due to return to London to face possible assault charges in September.
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The film follows the same tired action genre step by step. Ex-con and single dad O2 (Tyrese Gibson) is trying to go straight for the sake of his young son Junior. But when the kid is kidnapped in what seems to be a typical carjacking O2 has to pull out all the stops to get him back. Turns out O2 had some nefarious dealings with a gang overlord named Big Meat (The Game) who likes to hack off people’s body parts with a machete. And now Meat wants some payback taking for ransom the only thing O2 cares about in the entire world [sniffle]. So what’s a guy to do? Pit rival gang leaders against each other hook up with a beautiful street hustler (Meagan Good) rob safety deposit boxes and get caught in an extended car chase that’s what. "It's either all or nothing " realizes O2. Very prophetic. Waist Deep has got some great character names--Meat O2 Coco Lucky Junior. Too bad most of the performances can’t live up to them. Tyrese (Four Brothers) does try his best though as the hunky O2 making a convincing albeit a tad stiff attempt at playing a father who’s whole life is his son. Good (Roll Bounce) gets to wear tight sexy clothes and strut around as Coco O2’s accomplice and eventual love interest as they rob banks Bonnie and Clyde style. Larenz Tate (Crash) plays Lucky O2’s unreliable cousin who actually isn’t lucky at all caught between a rock and hard place. And then there’s Meat played by big-time rapper The Game in his feature debut. With a battered face and covered in tattoos The Game certainly looks like one mean badass wielding a mad machete. Thankfully he doesn’t have to do much more than that. Here’s a few words of advice to would-be actors who want to play effective bad guys: Less is more. It’s movies like these that really give South Central L.A. a bad rep—shoot-outs in the middle of the street in broad daylight the carjacks the depravity the sad stories of little kids getting shot. It’s not exactly a warm and fuzzy place. Of course actor-turned-director/co-writer Vondie Curtis-Hall (best known for his numerous TV guest spots) doesn’t want it to be showing the grit in all its glory and collecting a cast from the area who could lend some credibility to the surroundings. But Hall needs a few more lessons in how to craft a well-thought action movie. The script is hackneyed beyond the usual taking bits not only from Bonnie and Clyde but also Thelma and Louise Boyz N the Hood--and even a little Shawshank Redemption. Hall’s camerawork is also too frenetic at times almost dizzyingly so with unnecessary close ups and choppy sequences. That isn’t to say some of the gun play and car chases aren’t exciting enough. There just seems to be a lack of experience overall.