Basic

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2003

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Director:
John McTiernan
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Basic is a movie that is definitely not what it appears to be. This movie will have your head spinning and will keep you guessing even up until the end. It has an all-star cast including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Giovanni Ribisi. While a group of six soldiers are practicing a drill in the jungle, a storm hits and in a strange turn of events, only a barrage of bullets can heard leading to only two soldiers alive. Their commanding officer West (Jackson) has disappeared and the only two survivors don't have coinciding stories. With the help of Investigator Osborne (Connie Nielson), DEA Agent Hardy (Travolta) begins trying to piece together the actual events of that night leading to the death and disappearance of the soldiers and their leader. As Hardy continues the investigation, the entire operation and Military leaders aren't exactly what they appear to be and the missing West may not be missing after all.

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The teasing tale is told with such dispatch it will carry willing audiences along; genre staples of action, macho attitude and corruption through the ranks are delivered intact.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    So unashamedly confusing, so intent on piling twist upon twist upon twist, it makes your head hurt just trying to figure out what's happened.

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    You might be tempted to say, "Huh?" Or, if you're in the theater, to leave. But wait -- there's less.

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