MOVIE REVIEW: Basic
acting pretty Basic
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, John Travolta
Directed by: John McTiernan
By Rana Issa
Some films intrigue
an audience. Some leave their viewers laughing. Others leave a person
in complete and utter confusion.
There is no real use in explaining or painting a colourful picture of
what the film Basic is about, because there are just too many
twists and turns to keep track of.
The film revolves around the disappearance of four army rangers during
a training exhibition. Two of the rangers make it back alive one
injured and one not talking. A formal investigation begins and Special
Agent Tom Hardy (John Travolta) is called in to help distressed Lieutenant
Julie Osborne (Connie Nielsen) crack the case.
Nielsen (One Hour Photo) gives an impressive, yet subtle performance
as Osborne and her chemistry with Travolta is apparent throughout the
However, this chemistry is not enough to save Travolta's performance.
He gives his regular blend of Hollywood acting which contains no actual
substance and displays no real talent.
Samuel L. Jackson's (A Time to Kill, Pulp Fiction) character
is portrayed through flashbacks in the majority of the film. Jackson plays
a small, yet vital role in Basic but his performance is nothing less than
the old bad-ass he usually plays.
Basic also features stand-out performances by Giovanni Ribisi (Friends,
Saving Private Ryan), Harry Connick Jr. (Hope Floats)
and Taye Diggs (Chicago).
Basic features some quite gory images and is not recommended
for the faint of heart. It does however, possess amazing camera shots
and scenery and the script is definitely up to par.
Ultimately, the film is a thrill-ride that showcases many seemingly never-ending
twists and turns that will keep its audience guessing, thinking and glued
to their seats.