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Basic
  • R
  • 1h 39m
  • 2003
Rotten21%
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Academy Award® nominees John Travolta (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Samuel L. 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 (The Hunted, Gladiator), Giovanni Ribisi (Gone in Sixty Seconds), Brian Van Holt (Black Hawk Down), Taye Diggs (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.
© 2003 IM Filmproduktions und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten21%
Critics Consensus: Basic gets so needlessly convoluted in its plot twists that the viewer eventually loses interest.
Reviews
New York Daily News
Jack Mathews
Rotten

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

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Rotten

Made up of remnants from other, better films.

June 17, 2017
Village Voice
Ed Park
Rotten

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

June 17, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Fresh

[Basic] had a great sense of itself and it had a lot of fun taking us from one corner to the next...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Basically bad and sorry attempt at a thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very violent movie with many character deaths. Characters smoke (one who gave up smoking years earlier takes a cigarette to relieve stress). Characters have alcohol and drug abuse problems and some characters deal in illegal pharmaceuticals and cocaine. Characters use very strong language.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:March 27, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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