Basic

2003, Movie, R, 95 mins

Basic
"Murder is basic," says Army Ranger-turned-DEA agent Tom Hardy (John Travolta), but making a RASHOMON-inspired thriller, well, that's complicated. A mare's nest of omissions, half-truths, plausible fictions and out-and-out lies are brought to life in contradictory flashbacks; unfortunately, this doesn't have the effect of making the plot's twists and turns gripping, just convoluted. Six Ranger candidates and their sergeant, the roundly despised Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson), head into the Panamanian jungle on a training exercise in the middle of a raging hurricane. The following day, when they fail to check in, base commander Col. Styles (Tim Daly) goes looking and...
Released: 2003 Rated: R Length: 95 mins

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