Friday, November 20, 2015

G.I. Jane (1997)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: Danielle Alexandra, David Twohy

Composer: Trevor Jones

Starring: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe, Daniel von Bargen, John Michael Higgins, Kevin Gage, David Warshofsky, David Vadim, Morris Chestnut, Josh Hopkins, Jim Caviezel

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Failure is not an option.

Plot: A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

You know, it IS possible to make a movie like this without resorting to the plethora of cliches this film employs.  I didn't dislike this picture because of that but it did keep me from enjoying it more than I did.  There are some nice moments and some good acting but all of this is punctuated at times with eye-rolling moments of "oh, I've seen this 35 times in the last two years".  I was really turned off when the trainees go on a war game exercise on a sub only to find out before they reach their destination that their plans have changed and they're going to Libya for an emergency real-life combat situation to rescue a fallen satellite or something ala TOP GUN and a crap load of other movies.  Really?  They leave Florida for an exercise off the coast of Libya?  That's just the beginning of that issue.  Ridley Scott has proven to be a very capable and sometimes brilliant director and I really believe he shoots the best movie possible for the scripts he takes on, I just wish more time would be spent on the text before his cameras get involved.  The Hollywood Pictures DVD presents the film in non-anamorphic widescreen (this is probably the first DVD release and I'm sure it's been released anamorphic since then) with only one extra, the non-anamorphic widescreen trailer.

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