The premise of Seal team 8 is to track a seal mission into the African Congo, to hit a uranium mine, and stop our most dangerous villiain from smuggling weapon's grade yellow-cake out of the country. Unfortunately the premise does not translate to the film.
This is an under whelming attempt at a war movie, directed by Roel Reiné - known for his work in direct-to-video productions evidenced by some of the shooting techniques.
Top billing goes to an over the top, curmudgeonly, Tom Sizemore. He stomps around within the small confines of a one-room command center overseeing the SEAL team with help via a Predator drone which was interesting to watch. However I have not YET figured out yet what could less capably show, intelligent military leadership than a man who has been in and out of the revolving rehab door more times than Sizemore? He is however to credit, the best actor in this muddle. He yells, stomps, shouts, and barks like an angry dog "we have a got situation here" over his charges in a washed out script that only provides war action/suspense to someone who may never have viewed a well crafted war epic with interest, suspense and credible story.
The co-stars are questionable as they set out for fun in the sun of Africa, where they shout out ridiculous lines and cause various objects to explode. The editor adds effect (not sure why) by speeding up and slowing footage down, and adding background music of hip-hop music. (Sam Pepkinpah practically pioneered slo-mo action in shooting and falling death scenes to great effect) but the folks behind this were not in that league, that ballpark, or city.
Seal Team 8 "may" be the "norm" for action movies (except for the hip hop) but, at least decent war productions benefit from actual actors who can act, directors who can direct and scripts that can be better than this.
Premise of Seal Team 8 seems to be "boys with toys" running around, blowing stuff up and getting gutted by RPGs. They did not project the image of SEALS. On the upside, the crew actually exploded tangible items with ordinance without relying on too much CGI.
The film provides little to take you into it or make it worth the time it takes to watch. This is some guerilla war so the bad guys should be somewhat of a mystery but we are given little to know who they are. One of the leaders was almost commical. A bad cartoon cliché. For some, the most attention getting part may have been a gaggle of semi -nude women near the beginning of the film.
Unlike some of the real explosions in the picture, Seal Team 8 lacks bang. It is like the pin that falls out of the grenade and nothing happens. Hey Sarge.....this thing is a dud!!!!
I can not reccommend this film as a good take on the war movie genre. There are great war films out there but this was not one.
As one reviewer on here said, it has the "sophistication of a saturday morning cartoon" except it wasnt funny.
War is frightening yes, but even more frightening is that they could make another sequel.
Save your money.
2 stars for nice try.