Basic (2003)

Tom Hardy, an ex-Army Ranger turned DEA agent, is drawn into an ever-widening mystery surrounding the disappearance of the feared and often hated Sgt. Nathan West, as well as several of his elite Special Forces trainees on what appears, at… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 28, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Basic gets so needlessly convoluted in its plot twists that the viewer eventually loses interest.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Director John McTiernan does a swell job with James Vanderbilt's sneaky script in keeping us guessing.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

Nothing is as it appears, except the fact that nothing is as it appears.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Basically bad and sorry attempt at a thriller.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

You can fall asleep in the first reel, wake up at the end, and know as much as anyone else.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A poor effort with a confusing story and ridiculous plot twist after plot twist.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Made up of remnants from other, better films.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Travolta is a vital presence that constantly holds our attention, even when the script is threatening to lose it.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
"<b>Basic</b> was a good movie with a lot of twists. Everytime I thought I had it figured out it changed on me again. It was surprising right… More
Al S
An intense and hard-boiled thriller. An edge of your seat ride with suspense and surprises that you will never see coming. You'll be guessing right till… More
Lady D'arbanville
Full of twists and turns, but none of them particularly exciting, it's almost a film that tries too hard, the filming, I felt was a little too dark,… More
Bruce Bruce
This is a great film, John Travolta played an awesome part. Alone with the rest of the crew. The interrogation parts were to real. The Mission parts real. Prior… More
familiar stranger
The movie was alright, but I wish they'd not pulled out the oldest story from the book for the ending. As if this weren't enough, its predictable… More
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