General's Daughter

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One of the best thrillers in a long long while...

Feb 10, 2001 (Updated Feb 10, 2001)
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Pros:Story, a good selection of actors (Travolta, Stowe, Woods...)

Cons:Some meaningless scenes

The Bottom Line: A great suspense thriller with real-life psychological ingredients.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Before I went to watch this movie I had an anticipation that this will be just another bad movie with a big potential. Big potential being the story itself.
But this movie like no other really caught me off guard!

First of all, it didn't offer such a big potential, because the General's daughter being killed in the army camp and trying to figure out who killed her isn't all that interesting or new for that matter.

But the way, this movie just gradually lets the viewer find out certain key elements of the movie bit by bit is done fantastically. All that just contributes to the suspense part of this thriller.

And what impressed me the most, was what the makers of this movie all took into consideration. They must have really hired some pretty good psychiatrists if you ask me.
Because the way that the characters act in this movie is just so real. Typical human patterns. Especially the character which dies almost at the beginning of the movie-The General's daughter.

This movie therefore offers the viewer besides the super suspense thriller, some hard-life dilemas.

There are however some inexplicable scenes. Inexplicable, because they have nothing to do with the story, even in the general sense, and don't even contribute anything colorful or richful to this movie. So, you could really say they are meaningless. For example the scene where the character played by John Travolta is fighting for his life in his house...

A quick recap:

The General's daughter is murdered in some army camp in the US quite early in the movie. The army investigator played by John Travolta together with the army rape expert played by Madeleine Stowe soon begin to come across some odd discoveries. They find hidden tapes of the General's daughter having rough, pervert sex with many of the soldiers from that army camp. But it's not like it seems...
They in fact find out, that she was brutally raped and beaten in some military mission a while back, and her father-the General, at that time told her to forget this event. Never offering his help or understanding, her daughter seeks some kind of understanding and pleasure with playing the slave owner in her sexually twisted games. This is all part of this enormous mental and physical shock where she never found peace and understanding. At the end she decides to teach her father a lesson by strapping herself naked in the middle of the army camp, but he doesn't pay much attention to her. Right after her father leaves, an unexpected character appears. A man who trully loved the General's daughter all along, and was hurting because he knew what she did in her free time.
And he couldn't take it anymore...
But the man/woman (Travolta/Stowe) investigating team makes sure that all who are responsible pay, even those with high ranks...

But who is the guiltiest in your opinion?
I'll leave that up to you...

I can just say, that all of you who really like thrillers, I know I am one of them, will surely not be disappointed with this movie, as it offers everything a good thriller does.
All, except some meaningless scenes, which really don't make it any less good as it is.


Grab a popcorn and enjoy...






Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening


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