Basic (2003)

Basic (2003)


Deception is their most dangerous weapon.

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.

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  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review