Act of Valor, the upcoming military/action/adventure film directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, follows an elite team on Navy SEALS on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. Not only is the film inspired by true events, but it features a cast of actual SEALS.
The film started out as a training video for Navy SEALS. The Navy liked the video so much that they decided to turn it into a documentary. The documentary turned into a feature, and they hired screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) to create the fictional story about contemporary global terrorism. The Navy retained the right to review footage for security purposes and has signed off on the film, which will premier in February of 2012.
In the film, the platoon will track a terrorist plot that threatens the lives of thousands of American citizens. Their quest stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia, and to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight. “There are plenty of guns, explosions and underwater mission scenes to be visually appealing,” writes Rebecca Ford of the Hollywood Reporter.
Text in the film’s trailer reads, “The story is fictional, but the weapons and tactics are real.” One Seal in the trailer remarks, “You live your life by a code. It’s your shoreline, it’s what guides you home. Trust me, you’re always trying to get home.”