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Academy Award(r) nominees John Travolta (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and SamuelL. Jackson (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Pulp Fiction, 1994) team up with action director John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Predator) in a white-knuckle "thrill ride with a twist you won't believe!" (MairiAnna Bachynsky, ATV/CTV ENTERTAINMENT) Also starring Connie Nielsen (TheHunted, Gladiator), Giovanni Ribisi (Gone in Sixty Seconds), Brian Van Holt (Black Hawk Down), TayeDiggs (Chicago) and Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2). A DEA officer (Travolta) is recruited to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a famed U.S. Army drill instructor (Jackson) and a group of cadets on a routine military exercise in the jungles of Panama. But the journey to uncover the truth leads to some dangerous and unexpected places when two rescued survivors tell dramatically different versions of what transpired. "Totally mesmerizing." (Lisa Petrillo, WFOR/CBS (Miami)/EXTRA)
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : John McTiernan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : July 8, 2003
- Actors : Samuel Jackson, John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Taye Diggs, Giovanni Ribisi
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Producers : James Vanderbilt, Arnie Messer, Michael Tadross, Mike Medavoy
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00009L1TA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Hardy and Osborne are your typical odd couple. Hardy is unconventional in his methods while Osborne does everything by the book. Jackson has a flair for characters that get mad and yell and Sergeant West was one of those roles. West was portrayed as an unrelenting sergeant who pushed his men to the breaking point.
The movie is a great police procedural with twists and turns and the plot goes much deeper than it initially seems.
It's an ok movie which I may rewatch someday. But it won't be anytime , if I have my way.
First of all, the geniuses at amazon prime, in their infnite wisdom have put the end of the movie spoiler as placeholder, where Sgt. West is sitting with Osborne and Hardy. This gives the plot away before you even click to watch the movie. Apart from that, Dunbar, Ray whoever that was, how was he saved? Could be someone else..didn't care...the concept of 8 was stupid....maybe they wanted to make a sequel...Btw Tom Hardy is the dumbest investigator there is.... looked at the box office collection on box office mojo, this movie was a dud...
Yeah, the screen writers/authors took some liberties with reality, which among other things shows that they had very little knowledge of the military OR Rangers, but that's OK. Also, you'll have to forgive the "magic" sequences, soldiers appearing from nowhere, superhuman soldiers, etc.. But, that too, is about par for the Hollywood course.
The acting was pretty good, and I really don't like much Travolta has made. Production quality, "B+", i.e. pretty good. The plot was intelligent, i.e. something that keeps you thinking. I object to the writer "hiding" details in the story development, so that the complex, multi-plot ending looks just amazing, but again, that's not unusual.
So, about 4.5 stars from me, probably should be a little bit lower, but I'll toss in a 5'ver. The movie drags in a few spots, that's my "negative".
Overall, I don't regret the time spent watching, was entertained, and unfortunately, I can't say that about 95% of what's offered as "movies" or "TV" today.
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Basic is a very good conspiracy film with plenty of twists and turns as each survivor tells a story, with flashbacks of each soldiers story unfolding. As soon as you think you have a beat on what has happened, another flashback shows another solider in the team changing the story. Certainly keeps you engaged and does require a certain amount of concentration to follow fully. On the flip side, there is also plenty of shooting and carnage for the less focus who just want a good guys vs bad guys pizza and beer fest. Directed by John McTiennan of Predator and Die Hard fame.
While Basic has been available for some time in the US as a region free BluRay, both as a standalone release and paired with the 2003 SWAT feature film, both previous releases utilised a HD transfer but with only stereo sound. This German release gives both a HD transfer and DTS-HD 6.1 surround sound. Image quality is certainly a step up from the DVD release and the german subs / audio are easily turned off. Tested on PS3 without issue and defaulted to UK audio and no subs, result!
Please note this is a bare bones release with only the feature film and no behind the scenes extras / interviews etc.
JT at his casual elegant best as an actor
clever plot line most of the time and neat twist at end
definitely a guy film bro! (wife did quilting through this )