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"Deception is their most deadly weapon."
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This is a March 2003 movie release from Columbia Pictures. This film is directed by John McTiernan, he directed many other memorable movies; among them are: Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for red October, The Thirteen Warrior, The Thomas Crown Affair, and others. The cast of the movie includes top notch actors and actresses. The main character is Hardy, played by John Travolta. He plays the role of the Drug Enforcement Agency investigator. Samuel L. Jackson is Nathan west, an army master sergeant. There are other starring performances by Connie Nielsen. Timothy Daly, and Harry Connick Jr.

The plot of this movie is the discovery in the jungles of Panama of a group of soldiers running away from danger. Notable is the lengthy process to get the truth of the facts. While on a practice mission in Central America; the training team encounters two soldiers being followed by a third attempting to kill them both. The team defends the two wounded soldiers on the run and kill the third one who was shooting at them.

After being rescued and transported back to army barracks, the rescued soldiers debrief their superiors about the facts, and what went wrong. They soon discover a web of lies and betrayal that goes very high up in the ranks. One of the officers in charge requests Hardy to help him to find the truth. Hardy, a FBI agent starts investigating and discovering conflicting stories. On every interrogation performed he discovers new versions of the facts; this causes a lot of doubt and distrust on both of the rescued soldiers. Each of the interrogations includes a plethora of flashbacks, and instead of clearing a bit more the story; it complicates it even more.

James Vanderbilt wrote this movie. This film was originally a German mystery thriller adapted for the silver screen. Basic is rated R for violence and coarse language. Filmed in Mexico and Panama, the cinematography of the movie is realistic. Environments and sets are accurate depictions and current.

Basic is an Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime movie that was released in 2003 and has a run time of 1 hr 38 min. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 34.

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| 2003 | 1 hr 38 min | 6.5/10 | 34/100
John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Daly
Phoenix Pictures, Intermedia Films
John McTiernan
Produced By
Mike Medavoy, Michael Tadross, Dror Soref, James Vanderbilt