Just watched “Basic” on DVD. This movie anything, but basic. I think that I’ll have to watch it like another five times to get all facts together and understand the thing completely. Or maybe just once will do with some sleep hours beforehand.
Remember me recently complaining about more than half of the films that I watch having a simple story? Well, this film is surely an exception from that. Storyline changes several times during the course of the film. And just when I started to think that it’s getting pretty close to the end and that there were plenty of story changes already, and that this is the final one – ***BOOM*** – and it changed again. And repeat. 3 times. All of these changes are further confused by a pretty fast pace of the movie and a short duration (just one and a half hours for all of them).
There were many familiar actors here, but nothing particularly remarkable about the acting. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen and others all did a good job, but I don’t see any awards rushing this direction.
Overall a good film with a good bit of entertainment. It could use some action and light over the jungle scenes, but these are pretty standard complains about any “U.S. Marine” movie.
4 out of 5.