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The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to wade through a morass of deceptions and half-truths in search of the facts in this thriller. Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson) is the leader of an elite team of U.S. Army Special Forces operatives known as the Army Rangers; West is known as a highly effective officer, but one with a short temper and aggressive attitude who is not well liked by his soldiers. During a seemingly routine training exercise in Panama, a hurricane sweeps in, and four of West's six men are dead, while West himself… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director John McTiernan does a swell job with James Vanderbilt's sneaky script in keeping us guessing."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Nothing is as it appears, except the fact that nothing is as it appears."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"Basically bad and sorry attempt at a thriller."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Basic is one of those rare movies without even a single redeeming quality."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Best described as military noir, Basic reunites John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a kind of Pulp Fiction with rain and fatigues, plus a chaser of Rashomon on the side."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"You can fall asleep in the first reel, wake up at the end, and know as much as anyone else."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"[Basic] had a great sense of itself and it had a lot of fun taking us from one corner to the next and then spinning us around until we got dizzy and didn't know where we were. I like that."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A poor effort with a confusing story and ridiculous plot twist after plot twist."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The problem is that we've been given nothing to make us care for any of these people, so when the mysteries unravel there's nothing in the answers that hit us at a gut level."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Samuel L. Jackson's performance is the main reason to watch this ultimately disappointing mystery that thrives on audience deception and mass confusion."
‑ Andrew Manning, Radio Free Entertainment
"Made up of remnants from other, better films."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Travolta is a vital presence that constantly holds our attention, even when the script is threatening to lose it."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"McTiernan's bitten off way more than he could chew, spicing up the Usual Suspects approach with a dash of Rashomon and a little of help from A Few Good Men."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"A estrutura narrativa (obviamente inspirada em Rashomon) é interessante, mas a necessidade de criar reviravoltas surpreendentes praticamente destrói o filme, já que, ao final da projeção, nada mais faz sentido."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The final parts of this movie are the kind that you'd swear were slapped on by the studio, until you realise the whole story must have been built around them."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
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