G.I. Jane Reviews
Demi Moore is great & dynamic in her role & tackles the masculinity of the role with ease but never sacrificing her feminine beauty.
It's a pretty straight forward film but is easy to watch & enjoyable to see watch a strong female lead. A entertaining action film also.
"G.I. Jane" is a Ridley Scott movie, but it looks like a Tony Scott movie. It carries his classic trademarks with ridiculous macho dialogue ("Suck my dick"...), general machoism and gung ho mentality. The males are more or less stupid canon fodder with their cocks in their hands while the females are either backstabbing cold businesslike senators, lesbians or hard edged "take no prisoners" sort of women. This sort of stereotypical unbalance is part of the problems with this movie. Another one is that Demi Moore´s portrait of Jordan is not fully convincing, she simply don´t carry that posture or "weight" that is needed in this sort of role. I have always liked her, but this is a bit out of her elements. The general foundation of the script has good points, in how we need to balance the genders in all parts of our society and that includes the army. A topic that is as current as ever. But, "G.I. Jane" falls to the ground like a hand grenade due to the fact how Ridley Scott has shot it and how the script has been developed and produced. Demi Moore won the Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performance in this film, which is maybe not fully deserved in my point of view. But, I think this is a poor way of portraying a strong, willpowered and independent woman. An interesting fact is that an alternate ending was secretly filmed without the knowledge of Disney/Hollywood Pictures Executives. When Ridley Scott first screened the film for execs, he shocked and surprised them with the ending in which Demi Moore dies. Both endings were test screened simultaneously and although the darker ending scored higher with audiences, the happier ending was chosen by executives. Similar to the surprise ending for "Thelma and Louise", the alternate ending for "G.I. Jane" was a dark yet bittersweet one. Jordan (Moore) is killed when she risks her life to save her Commander (Viggo Mortensen) then eulogized on television by the tough Senator (Ann Bancroft). Later, the camera pans through a fresh group of SEAL recruits, among them are three women. I do like this ending better than the one that is used, however I don´t think my general opinion about the movie would´ve changed with this ending.
Un bon film entre action et film de guerre, ou le feminisme est de rigueur.
but it is a new turn of filmmaking by an acclaimed filmmaker
it's one of Demi Moore's best and strongest roles and really challenges a new level of sexual politics and gender clashing
Jordan is asked to join the NAVY Seals as part of a training exercise a female senator wants to use to her benefit to integrate the female population into combat
of course it's never easy putting one woman in a sea of men wanting nothing to do with her
she also has a commanding officer played by a young Viggo Mortensen who pushes her so far in terms of survival, not breaking under pressure, and never leaving a partner behind (man or woman)
the plot plays out as a smartly executed idea changing the status quo and bringing up several issues of gender, sex, equality, and political corruption
Demi Moore kicks so much ass going the extra mile wanting the choice given to her but also making her own statement on the scenario
so what if a woman can fight, does it mean only men should have the opportunity to fight for their country? a woman's death shouldn't matter more than a man's
nobody's asking for special treatment
Jordan speaks the truth in many forms
and the film also has gritty, well-shot combat scenes as well as the grueling physical training each of the soldiers has to endure
man or woman we have people fighting to protect all of us