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Critic Reviews for Basic
Director John McTiernan does a swell job with James Vanderbilt's sneaky script in keeping us guessing.
Granted, it's not Rollerball, and that in itself could be considered a small blessing. Unfortunately, it's only a small one, but I guess I shouldn't be too picky.
Fumbling the setup, the Die Hard helmer quickly loses his grip on the material, turning Basic into little more than a mechanical exercise in plotting.
You can fall asleep in the first reel, wake up at the end, and know as much as anyone else.
Audience Reviews for Basic
"Basic was a good movie with a lot of twists. Everytime I thought I had it figured out it changed on me again. It was surprising right down to the ending credits. The movie is about the murder of Sgt. Nathan and most of his squad. The suspects are the rest of his squad that came back alive. Agent Tom Hardy is called in to investigate the murder with the help of Captain Juila Osborne. They don't really hit it off since Capt. Osborne believes she is more than capable of doing the investigation on her own. The story continues to change as the mystery of what happened to Sgt. West is unraveled. The film has a pretty decent cast with a great performance from Travolta. I would see this one again."
Full of twists and turns, but none of them particularly exciting, it's almost a film that tries too hard, the filming, I felt was a little too dark, visually speaking. Watchable, but easily forgettable.
The movie was alright, but I wish they'd not pulled out the oldest story from the book for the ending. As if this weren't enough, its predictable twist is followed by several unpredictable twists. Now, this might be a positive point for some, but it turned me off. Besides being totally unnecessary, these twists were utterly nonsensical and ruin the ending of the movie. I'd have rather liked the movie as a thriller than as a suspense. Had it ended right before that predictable twist, I guess I'd have liked the movie more.
|Col. Bill Styles:||This is about quality of life.|
|Vilmer:||If it's on tape, it has to be true.|
|Agent Tom Hardy:||You don't drink beer? Who doesn't drink beer?|
|Agent Tom Hardy:||You can still eat in front of someone and not talk. My parents did it for years.|