Ba­sic

Seven, 10.40pm, MA15+ ( 2003)

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

The ti­tle aptly sums up the plot of this thriller from John McTier­nan ( Die Hard), which lib­er­ally bor­rows from The Gen­eral’s Daugh­ter and Courage Un­der Fire. John Tra­volta is a disgraced Army Ranger who’s teamed with the US Army’s top in­ves­ti­ga­tor ( Con­nie Nielsen), to probe a train­ing mis­sion gone wrong. It seems sev­eral Spe­cial Forces trainees dis­ap­peared while un­der the lead­er­ship of a de­spised sergeant ( Sa­muel L. Jack­son), and wit­nesses seem to have diff er­ing ac­counts of events. McTier­nan’s edgy di­rec­tion grates af­ter a while, but Jack­son is as com­pelling as ever, even if he doesn’t share much screen time with his Pulp Fic­tion co­hort, Tra­volta.

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