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Noisy, dark and headache-inducing, John McTiernan's Basic is one of those brain-twisting legal thrillers that can only be enjoyed by those determined not to worry about things like consistent internal logic
It relies on one of the most tiresome of movie conventions, the subjective flashback that exists just for the "gotcha!" when we find out that it was unreliable. By the final explanation, we really don't care any more which version is right.
Nope, nothing subtle here. The whole movie isn't subtle. From the perpetual rain, to the high-anxiety shouting that every character seems to have at some point, to the constant reminder that nothing is as it seems, the movie is continuously doubling back
McTiernan's washout military drama Basic is aptly titled. If any excessive and repetitive spotty military drama is in need of an instant court martial proceeding, then this lumbering and clumsy account needs to be taking into serious consideration.
The convoluted script provides so many twists and turns that it practically loses its audience. By the finale, you don't remember who was supposed to be dead or alive, nor separate the good guys from the bad guys.
Well-staged hokum with no sort of emotional resonance or weight. After some interesting set-up, Basic is basically just a series of pull-rugs, each methodically, professionally -- but coldly -- yanked out from under us.
The film tries too hard to be something it isn't - a smart, crafty little cross between "The Usual Suspects," "Rashomon" and "The General's Daughter" as directed by John Woo after taking one heady snort of glue.