Basic (2003)
Front Cover Actor
John Travolta Hardy
Connie Nielsen Osborne
Samuel L. Jackson West
Timothy Daly Styles (as Tim Daly)
Giovanni Ribisi Kendall
Brian Van Holt Dunbar
Taye Diggs Pike
Dash Mihok Mueller
Cristián de la Fuente Castro
Roselyn Sanchez Nunez
Harry Connick Jr. Vilmer
Georgia Hausserman Pilot
Margaret Travolta Nurse #1
Dena Johnston Nurse #2
Nick Loren Helicopter Pilot
Cliff Fleming Helicopter Pilot
Steven Maye CID Officer
Jonathan Rau G.I. on the Tarmac
Tait Ruppert Jeep Driver
Timothy S. Wester Doctor
Chris Byrne MP
Curtis Ricks MP
Charles L. Fails MP
Movie Details
Genre Thriller; Drama; Mystery
Director John McTiernan
Producer Mike Medavoy; Arnold Messer; Michael Tadross; James Vanderbilt
Writer James Vanderbilt
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 98 mins
Country Canada
Color Color
If you thought The Recruit was full of surprises, Basic will spin your head around. Assuming that cleverness is its own reward, this military mystery shares many of The Recruit's strengths and weaknesses, offering multi-layered deception as its dramatic raison d'etre. Copping plenty of machismo attitude befitting a semi-effective thriller from Die Hard director John McTiernan, John Travolta stars as an ex-Army Ranger-turned-DEA agent, recruited by an Army investigator (Connie Nielsen) to solve the fratricide of a reviled Sergeant (Samuel L. Jackson) who was allegedly killed while commanding a Special Forces training mission in the hurricane-swept rainforests of Panama. Two survivors (Giovanni Ribisi in a showboat role, and Brian Van Holt) recall the ill-fated mission as the truth unfolds, Rashomon-style, in a series of repetitive flashbacks. Tricky enough to hold one's attention as it grows increasingly irrelevant, Basic is so enamored of its bogus ingenuity that its ultimate twist is a letdown. A second viewing might prove rewarding, if only to confirm that it all holds together. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 20
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 043396097452
Release Date 2004
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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