BASIC (Released to Theaters in the USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì 

Basic—unclear, with a conclusion not supported in the movie’s storyline—has too many characters to track without clear definition of roles, incongruous and misleading dialogue, and mixes strong and suitable acting skill with awkward and weak acting skills. The audience finds no continuity of thought, no real pattern that follows traditional thinking patterns.

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An exceptionally cruel sergeant demoralizes his team to the point of disbandment. 

Additional Thanks                                 

Thank you to Director John McTiernan for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer, James Vanderbilt, and Michael Tadross for directing effort. Cast includes John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Giovanni Ribisi, Brian Van Holt, Taye Diggs, Cristian de la Fuente, Dash Mihok, Tim Daly, Roselyn Sanchez, and Harry Connick Jr. 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. If one wants to see this film, read a plot line on Wikipedia first due to its alphabet-soup, messy storyline. 

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