Basic

Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 15 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Buy your ticket, sit yourself down, and let ol' John take you for a ride. You'll have a blast.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    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.
  3. This effective, well-paced antimilitary thriller has more conflicting flashbacks than you can shake a stick at.
  4. The movie, one of those surprise-twist detective stories, doesn't really stand up to scrutiny in the cold light of the theater lobby.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 17 out of 34
  1. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    Really good film with strong, good actors. It is an action film with a twist. Probably enjoyable by most ages over 13.If you liked FightReally good film with strong, good actors. It is an action film with a twist. Probably enjoyable by most ages over 13.If you liked Fight Club,Sixth Sense,Memento,Identity & The General's Daughter then watch this.
    Sent to investigate a training mission that goes wrong,nothing is as it seems.John Travolta returns to form as a military man ( he is brilliant in General's Daughter) the very qunitessential Prince oF Cool & If you think that is good then the King of Cool Samuel L Jackson is also in it.
    Highly recommend as a good crime thriller & great for Christmas time present
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  2. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    Alright, yes this sort of film has been made before (Courage Under Fire) and yes it is a very military film. If you are one of those peopleAlright, yes this sort of film has been made before (Courage Under Fire) and yes it is a very military film. If you are one of those people who watch military films because of the guns and blood and guts then you won't enjoy this. That is not because this doesn't have those things, it does, but this is a thriller not a shoot'em up.
    On to the film; the film itself is very mysterious, you don't quite know whats happening some of the time. Don't worry, this is meant to happen and it only adds to the film. Certain reviewers slated this film, probably because they enjoy shoot'em ups. This film doesn't focus on the weapons used by the 75th Army Regiment (US Army Rangers), or their soldiering tactics. This focuses on soldiers going through tough training, you might relate it to Royal Marines training, psychological and muscular rather than just the latter. I won't give away the plot, but this is a great film, not what you might expect from either Travolta or Jackson.
    If you liked Courage Under Fire, or simply like thrillers with twists (and primarily do know a little bit about the military, not just guns) then you will like this film.
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  3. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    When things go wrong in the armed forces, an investigative procedure often follows. In this film, when you think you've got it figured out,When things go wrong in the armed forces, an investigative procedure often follows. In this film, when you think you've got it figured out, you're wrong... and the suspense just keeps culminating, and you end up on the edge of your sofa trying to figure out what went wrong, and you just can't until the very end. You're literally gobsmacked.

    Travolta and L. Jackson are truly amazing in their performances in Basic, as they were in Pulp Fiction.
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