Basic

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5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 50
  2. Negative: 20 out of 50

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  1. TheLegacyOfGilbertMulroneycakes
    Jul 12, 2003
    4
    Some films eventually disappear up their own arse, like a large percentage of the works of David Lynch, or Donnie Darko (but the latter only at the very last moment, and it was fun getting there). But then some films seem to live in their own arse, and end up spill out of their mouths and leaving a mess on the floor. This is one of them. It's unfortunate, because there's good Some films eventually disappear up their own arse, like a large percentage of the works of David Lynch, or Donnie Darko (but the latter only at the very last moment, and it was fun getting there). But then some films seem to live in their own arse, and end up spill out of their mouths and leaving a mess on the floor. This is one of them. It's unfortunate, because there's good stuff in here, but the plot twists around so many times that you get to a point where you don't know what's going on, and from there you decide that you don't care either. Travolta's made a good comeback; he wants to be careful he doesn't bugger it up again. Have to say, though, comparing this to Battlefield Earth is ridiculous - that film is the Alpha and the Omega of crap. This is just misguided. Expand
  2. MichaelM.
    Oct 23, 2004
    5
    Before I saw this movie I thought it was going to be terrible! Mostly because of John McTiernan's last film, Rollerball, which was probably one of the worst filmed and thought out movies made. Another reason was because of John Travolta's downward slope since the absolutley unbearable "Battlefield Earth". The only reason I went to see 'Basic' was because of Samuel L. Before I saw this movie I thought it was going to be terrible! Mostly because of John McTiernan's last film, Rollerball, which was probably one of the worst filmed and thought out movies made. Another reason was because of John Travolta's downward slope since the absolutley unbearable "Battlefield Earth". The only reason I went to see 'Basic' was because of Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favorite actors of all time. But, when those credits started to role at the end of feature, I thought to myself, "That wasn't that bad. Actually, it was kind of good." The film had very interesting plot twists. The plot twists never stopped though. Hell, it had more twists than a bag of pretzels. The story is about a army trained DEA Agent Tom Hardy (John Travolta) who with the help of Lt. Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen) investigates the disappearance of a training Sgt. named West (Samuel L. Jackson) and his soldiers during a training mission in a rain forest. Only two of Sgt. West's soldiers are found Dunbar (Brian Van Holt) and a General's son Kendall (Giovanni Ribisi) and they are questioned by Tom and Lt. Osborne, and both survivors give different stories about what happened in that rain forest. But who are Tom and Lt. Osborne going to believe? The film also stars Timothy Daly, Taye Diggs, Roselyn Sanchez, Harry Connick, Jr., Dash Mihok and Cristian de la Fuente. The film is good, but isn't very good. I recommend you wait for DVD. (3/30/03) Expand
  3. Jeremy
    Oct 16, 2003
    4
    Yet another film that rips off Usual Suspects but fails to grasp the magic of that movie: Without a good story and interesting characters, we don't care about the twists and turns.
  4. Aug 13, 2010
    5
    I am the kind of film viewer who has the knack of losing a plot. Very quickly. So when I came to the end of Basic for the first time, thoroughly confused and befuddled, I supposed it was just me and that I needed to get my brain in gear next time. But it wasn't just me and no amount of brain power seems to help sort fact from fiction in this foggy mystery. Travolta and Nielsen playI am the kind of film viewer who has the knack of losing a plot. Very quickly. So when I came to the end of Basic for the first time, thoroughly confused and befuddled, I supposed it was just me and that I needed to get my brain in gear next time. But it wasn't just me and no amount of brain power seems to help sort fact from fiction in this foggy mystery. Travolta and Nielsen play ex-ranger Tom Hardy and Captain Osbourne who are thrown together to investigate the disappearance of Sgt. West (Jackson) in a training exercise. Cue a baffling maze of twists and turns in which some of the key players are there and then not; some are killed off and then not; one turns out to be another...or not? And so on... but you do have to admire Osbourne for sticking it out and unravelling it all at the end. If it was me overseeing this mess, a bottle of wine and a darkened room would be where I was headed. I enjoyed the dark jungle action sequences, Jackson getting mad and the sort of chemistry Travolta and Nielsen had in their roles, but a lot of this was lost in the fog that shrouded much of this film. If like me, you are attracted by the Jackson / Travolta combo, you may be disappointed to find they share about five minutes on screen. Just don't expect to care much about either of their characters by the time it happens. Expand
Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 15 out of 33
  1. When the film stumbles to its last and silliest conclusion, you realize much of the plot line was unnecessary -- or couldn't have happened at all!
  2. Just not worth revisiting, unless one wants to tie one's brain into a knot for no discernible reward.
  3. Basic really brings to mind a Travolta film from 2000, "Battlefield Earth," in that it's so astonishingly awful it becomes a sort of kinky pleasure; just when you think Travolta has fallen to the bottom of the barrel, he pulls out a shovel and dons his miner's helmet to see what lies beneath.