When you consider the sheer potential of a movie based on the world's biggest video game franchise, it's amazing that there hasn't been a Call of Duty movie. In its absence, Act of Valor will have to do.
Showcasing everything we love about Call of Duty (shouting "Oscar Mike" while not quite understanding its meaning, explosions, more explosions) but without the sweary 12-year-olds, Act of Valor is more than just your typical run-of-the-mill action film. In fact, the film's 'actors' are real-life US Navy SEALS, which will hopefully lend a bit more authenticity to proceedings.
The Call of Duty comparisons - though the film is unaffiliated to Activision's powerhouse franchise - are huge, right down to the Eminem soundtrack that plays over the above Super Bowl teaser (an Eminem track appeared on the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2). Here's the official studio synopsis:
"An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalised account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.
"When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all."
Yes, it looks incredibly cheesy and a fairly obvious piece of propaganda, but maybe what the world needs is an irony-free, puppet-free version of Team America: World Police? Either way, where there be 'splosions, there be JOE interest. The film opens in Irish cinemas on March 23.