Basic

BBB

(out of 5)


A former army bigwhig and current DEA investigator () arrives on a Panama army base to interrogate a recruit (). The recruit was one of six soldiers who were on a training mission in the jungle with a ruthless leader () until four of them turned up dead including Jackson himself.    plays the base interrogator who works to get answers out of Van Holt, but her lack of expediency leads the base commander () to bring Travolta and his unorthodox methods on the scene. The story that Van Holt tells ends up being similar but too different from the one being told by another survivor of the incident (, whose idea of playing a gay man is to make his voice sound like George Sanders with a cold), leading to a Rashomon-like investigation of the many variables of one situation. As usual, John McTiernan finds ways to make a film that transcends the trappings of the genre, and here contributes a rich visual style and thrifty pace to a cliched-riddled story. There are far too many predictable plot twists to make the film really exciting, but the few that manage to catch you off guard make for a reasonably memorable time. The acting is terrific and the character interaction is constantly entertaining.


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USA/Germany, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , James Vanderbilt

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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