Basic (2003)

Basic (2003)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: John McTiernan
  • Cast: John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson


An Army sergeant takes six of his special troops on a training mission into the rain-soaked Colombian jungles and only two come out alive. When the rescue mission arrives, they see one soldier killing another and carrying a wounded comrade. As the interrogation begins, the soldier refuses to talk to anyone other than another Ranger. The investigating officer protests, but her commanding officer nonetheless brings in a former Ranger and current DEA agent to help. The agent is currently on suspension from DEA for allegedly accepting a bribe. From this point on, the plot continues to twist and turn and offers numerous surprises that keeps the story interesting.

One comment

  • I liked the idea of seeing John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in the same movie. Sure, it was not quite as good as when they starred together in “Pulp Fiction”, but they still deliver. Unfortunately my expectations were too high about the movie itself. “Basic” had too many plot twists, and there’s too much confusion. Yes, the main idea was that “nothing is what it seems,” but once you get heavily involved in a story, and then something supporting the weight turns out to be false, you’re left kind of dazed and confused. What I did like about this film, is the ending, but I’ll not give it away here…

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