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||Demi Moore, Viggio Mortensen, Anne Bancroft
||Oh no, I don't think so.
||They might hold your hand.
||It's a movie about Navy SEAL training, I would hope so.
||Pretty much so.
||When Master Chief puts all of the worn out recruits in a
room to write an essay, then leaves the room, turns out the
lights, turns up the heat, cranks some opera music and tells
the boys (and girl) he wants to see open eyes when he comes
back. Reminded me of some of my exams I've taken in a hot
||Anytime the Senator opens her mouth.
||Ridley Scott, Demi Moore, Roger Bimbaum, and Suzanne Todd
So, everyone's been wondering if Demi Moore
could pull off a blockbuster or else her career may have hit the
fan. Well, blockbuster's may come, and they may go, but "G.I. Jane"
is a pretty damn good movie.
A Movie Review
The story is almost right out of the headlines - a female trying
to make her way into the male dominated military. But this is no
getting into the Citadel, this story revolves around politics,
determination, and Lt. Jordan O'Neil (Moore) making her way through
Navy SEAL training.
Kinda pissed that through her years of military training she can't
really advance any further because she's a she, O'Neil gets a phone
call one day from Senator Lillian DeHaven. This spry old Senator has
been making deals, wants to make more headlines, and O'Neil is her
ticket. She's convinced the Navy to let in a female in trade for a
governmental appointment, and everyone thinks O'Neil will fail, all
except O'Neil. O'Neil is now thrown into a totally man's world, from
the locker room comments to the short hair, and her determination
comes off as not wanting to show the men that a woman can make it
through SEAL training but of simply wanting to become a Navy SEAL.
So, yea, it's pretty easy to see that O'Neil is going to get
female stereotypes thrown at her, but she isn't looking for special
treatment - she just wants to be one of the boys, and sheds her hair,
her separate quarters, and her special "female" conditions to make it
through SEAL training just like everyone else. And, low and behold,
she does (is this a surprise?). Anyway, she almost doesn't make it,
and not for her performance. Nope, seems she gets set up by the man,
err, I mean woman, in the likes of the Senator. More political
dealings find O'Neil in some photos that could be seen as, hmm,
basically insinuating that O'Neal would have been a lesbian.
Personally I think that would have been an even better story, let's
tie the entire females and gays in the military all in one movie, but
I digress. Anyway, O'Neal plays hardball with the Senator, gets
re-instated, and it's off to a surprise combat mission in Libya.
Now, through it all we also get a great performance by Viggo
Mortensen as Master Chief John Urgayle. He's pissed that there's a
female in his group, but female or no female it's no holds barred on
her and the rest of the SEAL recruits. This guy is a bad-ass, and
everyone feels it. But we also find that this guy does have a heart.
He knows his job - to whip the new recruits into the best fighting
unit in the world, and he does it well. But, in the end, his "I'm a
total asshole" image is shed, at least for a brief moment.
So, does Demi help females get into the Navy SEAL program? Who
knows. Could Demi kick my ass? For sure (I doubt I could do one of
those vertical sit-ups, let alone many). Is "G.I. Jane" a good film?
Sure. But I did have one problem with the film and that was the
ending cinematography. The whole movie was shot pretty greatly, tight
shots of Demi working out, great fight scenes, the ordered chaos of
training, and everything else really, up until the end. I don't know
whose idea it was, but for the final battle scene they decided to
vibrate the camera, kinda like gunfire, sucked. Quite honestly I
almost vomited my popcorn. It was annoying to me, I hated it, and
really just wish they would have filmed a pretty decent ambush scene
without all that jittery crap. Oh well.
So, it looks like Demi Moore is back. Most people are liking "G.I.
Jane," and I do to. We'll give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!! L8R!!