Basic (2003)

Basic (2003)

Basic (2003)

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson lead this thriller mystery following a DEA agent’s search for an Army drill sergeant and several of his cadets, who all disappear after a training exercise turned into a bloodbath. Directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) from an original screenplay by James Vanderbilt, who would go on to write The Amazing Spider-Man and the RoboCop reboot.

2003Rating: MA15+94 minsUSA, Germany
ActionMysteryThriller
Director:
John McTiernan ('Predator', 'Die Hard', 'The Hunt for Red October', 'The Last Action Hero')
Writer:
James Vanderbilt
Cast:
John TravoltaConnie NielsenSamuel L. JacksonTim DalyGiovanni RibisiBrian Van HoltTaye DiggsDash Mihok

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Basic (2003) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The picture feels far more dedicated to the proposition that a mystery can never have enough twists than it does to plausibility or dramatic integrity. But the teasing tale is told with such dispatch it will carry willing audiences along.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Someone decided to put Rashomon in a Cuisinart along with A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and A Soldier's Story, and hit the pulverize button while forgetting to replace the top.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There are no words to say how deeply stupid and ridiculous this film is.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

By the end, I wanted to do cruel and vicious things to the screenplay.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An overly mechanical screenplay with little on its mind other than deceiving viewers.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It's difficult to imagine how this could actually be any worse. It manages to spit you out in a poisonous mood somewhere in the hinterland between bored and irritated. Basically bollocks.

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