The General's Daughter
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|John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell,
James Woods, Leslie Stefanson
She might get creeped out, or disgusted.
Let's see? The General's daughter is into
S&M, nymphomania, making porn tapes, and is
killed in the nude, tied by tent stakes at each
Rape and murder. I'd say so.
I can't remember at exactly what point
it was during "The General's Daughter," but all of a sudden
I found myself bored. I did sit there wondering exactly who
was to blame for the murder of, well, the General's
daughter, and they did a pretty good job of twisting and
turning things so you really weren't sure, but I just found
myself sitting there wishing the movie would finally expose
the killer so I could go home.
The General's Daughter
A Movie Review
In a nutshell, "The General's Daughter" story kinda goes
like this. John Travolta plays Paul Brenner. He's a warrant
officer for the army, kinda like a cop, kinda not like a
cop, and he's now been put in charge of figuring out who
killed Captain Campbell (Leslie Stefanson). He's teamed up
with Sarah (Madeleine Stowe), who, of course, used to be a
love interest, and we get wrapped up in a murder mystery
involving everyone on base. It seems Captain Campbell was
kinda kinky, a pay-back for something that happened earlier
in her career, and now it's important no one find out just
what she was into, only to wrap up the case quickly so the
FBI doesn't get involved because the General is retiring,
probably going to run for office, and a kinky daughter who
gets killed on his base isn't really going to bode well in
the papers. So, Paul and Sarah do their investigating,
eventually the real killer is exposed, we find out that the
General is a total scum, and I didn't care.
I don't know what it was, why, where, or how, but I just
lost interest somewhere in the middle. It was obvious the
killer wasn't Colonel Moore (James Wood in a great role), it
was obvious the killer wasn't the General (that would be too
easy), and it was obvious that something in Campbell's past
would lead us to the killer. But, it wasn't obvious why the
movie took so long to get to an answer.
Acting-wise Travolta did a good job - not his greatest
work, but I enjoyed him anyway. Stowe brought some fun to
her role, but I didn't buy the old romantic interest thing,
and Woods was terrific as the implicated Colonel who
couldn't be the killer because, well, I guess I'll keep that
secret. But the story just didn't click. It had sex, it had
murder, it had suspense, and it looked good, but it just
didn't flow. Oh well.
I'll keep this short and say that "The General's
Daughter" might be better off at a matinee or wait for
video. Save the $8 for the slew of better movies out there.
It's 2 stars out of 5 for "The General's Daughter."
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!