The movie Act of Valor debuted last week, making $24.4 million in its opening weekend and bringing in $28.4 million in its first five days in the theaters. The action movie offers a unique twist to the genre: The main characters, a Navy SEAL team, are played by actual active-duty Navy SEALs. Director Mike “Mouse” McCoy touts the movie as a new genre of film, “the authentic action film.”
On the film-review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, only 30 percent of professional critics gave Act of Valor a good review, while 86 percent of site users said they liked it. Some of this is self-selection, of course; if an ordinary moviegoer doesn’t want to watch a particular movie, he’ll just avoid it.
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