The Base (1999)

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In a U.S. army base, a senior army officer leads a group of young men into drug trafficking.

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Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Jeff Albert (screenplay), Craig J. Nevius (story), Hesh Rephun (screenplay)

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6 October 2003 | Theo Robertson
4
| Better Than I Expected
A squad of soldiers start up their own enterprise by starting up a drug smuggling business and it`s up to an undercover soldier to bring the criminals to justice

The above premise is another reworking of a film noir plot about a cop infiltrating a criminal gang ala WHITE HEAT . There is a major mistake in having the story set against a military background and many other reviewers have noticed it - How can soldiers spend so much time unsupervised by higher command be able to run a successful drugs op ? Is this credible ? What isn`t credible is the fact the bad guys can use their army weapons to blow away their rivals . I`d have thought that they`d have to sign out for their weapons and account for every round of ammo used ? Is Col David Hackworth correct with his criticisms at how the American military is run ?

Still THE BASE isn`t as nearly as bad as I expected for a made for video release ( The TV page of the newspaper gave it one star out of four which is the lowest possible rating ) , it`s by no means a great thriller but considering the cast are composed of people I`ve never heard of they do a fairly good job and the screenplay could have been a whole lot worse despite moments of dumbness . Compare THE BASE to other made for video releases like RANGERS and you`ll realise it`s not all that bad

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