• Basic (2003)


Release Date: March 28th, 2003

DVD Release Date: July 8th, 2003

R |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

During a special operations training mission in Panama, four U.S. soldiers are killed mysteriously, and their leader, Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson), goes missing. A military investigator, Capt. Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen), has trouble convincing the two survivors to talk about what happened that night. A more experienced investigator, Tom Hardy (John Travolta), is brought in to crack the case. However, when the survivors do start talking, their stories differ from one another.

Cast: John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Giovanni Ribisi, Brian Van Holt, Cristian de la Fuente, Dash Mihok, Taye Diggs

Director: John McTiernan

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Phoenix Pictures, InterMedia Film Equities Ltd.

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Deception, Investigation, Suspenseful, Dark, Mystery, Soldier, Tense, 2000s, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Their (Travolta/Jackson) teamwork was classic. Basic breaks up the team. What's up with that? show more

  • 63
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    The movie, one of those surprise-twist detective stories, doesn't really stand up to scrutiny in the cold light of the theater lobby. show more

  • 75
    Chris KaltenbachBaltimore Sun

    Buy your ticket, sit yourself down, and let ol' John take you for a ride. You'll have a blast. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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