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G.I. Jane

Starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft...  View more >

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[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
This is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. I had no idea what to expect going in. But what I got was one of the most predictable movies I've ever seen. I usually am the last one in the theater to catch onto whats going to happen, but I knew 30 minutes into the movie how it would end. The acting is atrocious. I sat there and rolled my eyes in disbelief I would guess 6 or 7 times. After a while, the movie actually gets so pathetic that I wanted to laugh. Girls or women who enjoy going on a power trip may enjoy this one, but this is definitely not a guy flick.

* out of *****

[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Be sure to keep any sharp implements out of reach guys if you decide to do the right thing and take your girlfriend to the movies to watch this pile of drivel, or you might just decide to end the agony now rather than sit through another hour of this brain numbing crud!!

While I suppose there will be a market for the film in the growing power to the women societies, I'm sure even they would in several parts of the film turn their heads in embarrassment and disbelief.

The story was predictable and the standard of acting was literally laughable! It was most certainly a big disappointment and I leave the theatre with an almost begrudging look towards the woman who accepted my money for the ticket an hour and a half ago without the slightest hint of guilt.

If there is anything else on at the theatre guys then I suggest you spend your hard earned cash watching anything other than G.I.Jane

[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Becoming a seal can be either the most rewarding experience one can have, or the worst thing ever imagined. Jordon O'Neill (Demi Moore) wants to find out. Since the government is sponsoring a female Navy Seal program, Jordan goes into it, unexpected that what follows is a nightmare come true for her. To become a Seal is to go through eight weeks of rigorous torture almost all day, only to sleep for a few hours and then go at it again the next day.

The training, realistic and gut-wrenching, is the soul of the surprisingly dynamic "G.I. Jane", directed by none other than Ridley Scott, who has done films like "Blade Runner" and "Alien". Here, he paints a picture of hell that feels all too real. Also, it has a dazzling hypnotic power, which I love in films: it zaps you out of your seat, right into the screen, and keeps you there. Movies like "In The Company Of Men", "Chasing Amy" and "Breakdown" have successfully done this, and here is another.

I have never seen Demi Moore better. While she does unnecessarily show off her body in some scenes (her butt in the shower, her breasts in the bathtub), her acting is her best yet. In a film full of men (with the exception of politican Anne Bancroft as the woman who set her up), Moore pulls the whole movie off. And it's about time.

Yet Moore's performance is only sidebar to the film's amazingly horrific training scenes, led by a fierce Seal trainer (Viggo Mortensen). You get to see O'Neill along with all the other trainees go through 18 hours of exercising, pulling, pushing, quickly eating, and almost anything thinkable.

The whole movie is thrilling, scary and realistic. I heard that the real NAVY did not sponsor this movie because they claimed it was not based on reality. If by that they mean that the training is yet even more scary, then I doubt anyone would join. Besides, don't THEY mean that not realistic means no sexual harassment among women in the NAVY?

Grade: A

Technical Review:

Picture: 5 Since director Scott is using the same film stock as Jerry Bruckheimer does, the whole movie looks like "Con Air" or "The Rock". No matter, since the film has startling colors, beautiful black level, and the picture is always clear and well focused.

Sound: 2.5 A murky Dolby Digital mix. The surrounds are quite limited in the presentation, yet dialogue is easy to hear throughout the film. More concentration on creating a more real environment should be focused on.

Photography: 5 Ridley Scott shoots in Panavision wonderfully. His shots are very dynamic in scope and would be hard to format down to TV dimensions.

By Jason Whyte

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Jan 25, 2000
G.I. Jane was one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. The moral of the story is that women deserve equal treatment, but at the same time can't get special treatment to achieve their goals. Demi Moore is one of my favorite actresses and her performance was brillant and very believable. More of a "chick flick" because women can better relate, but does not bash men. But will intimedate those guys who do not think we are equal in society!

Jun 4, 2003
\"G.I. Jane\" stars Demi Moore as a woman who can prove herself in the Navy Seals. this is Moore\'s best role in years. Watching Moore go though basic training is fun to watch. The issues involving women in the military are on the table.
Jun 26, 2016
In sociology class we had to pick a military based film to watch in class. The people in my class voted to watch this over other options such as Top Gun, Tropic Thunder, Valkyrie, Saving Private Ryan, A Few Good Men, Good Morning Vietnam, Full Metal Jacket, etc. Instead they chose G.I. Jane, one of Ridley Scott's worst movies.

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