Combustible Celluloid
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With: 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, Boyd Kestner, Angel David, Stephen Ramsey
Written by: David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra, based on a story by Danielle Alexandra
Directed by: Ridley Scott
MPAA Rating: R for language and combat violence
Running Time: 125
Date: 08/22/1997

G.I. Jane (1997)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Friendly Pain

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane seems more like a Tony Scott movie, slick and vacant. It purports to be a kind of feminist statement, telling a story about the first female to complete the Navy SEAL training program, but it's more a story of a woman striving to become a man, rather than doing things on her own terms. (It's about breaking down the double standard between men and women.) As Jordan O'Neill, Demi Moore is what makes the movie worth watching at all. Her strength and beauty is a powerful combination.

Anne Bancroft, playing the senator that sets the plan in motion, flings a wild accent around in her scenes. Viggo Mortensen plays the Master Chief, and his special kind of ominous gentleness hadn't yet been tapped, so he comes across here as a thug. It could have been much more, but instead it's the same old batch of military movie cliches, with a female face.

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