Basic Synopsis
A DEA agent (Travolta) investigates the disappearance of a legendary commander (Jackson).
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Buy your ticket, sit yourself down, and let ol' John take you for a ride. You'll have a blast.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie, one of those surprise-twist detective stories, doesn't really stand up to scrutiny in the cold light of the theater lobby.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Basically, it's a muddle.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Just not worth revisiting, unless one wants to tie one's brain into a knot for no discernible reward.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Their (Travolta/Jackson) teamwork was classic. Basic breaks up the team. What's up with that?
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The tepid result is like "Courage Under Fire" without the compelling Meg Ryan angle, or Travolta's 1999 "The General's Daughter" without...
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38

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Falls flat on two fronts: It's neither deep and interesting enough to be a brainteaser nor sufficiently thrilling to count as a mindless...
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Travolta is the least of the film's problems. With a script by James Vanderbilt, whose first credit was for a movie about the tooth fairy...
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Another depressingly empty action thriller.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I must confess that I was outsmarted by the ending, but by that time my brain had been bludgeoned into a state just north of stupor.
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids 17 and under Basically bad and sorry attempt at a thriller.
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