The General’s Daughter (1999)

(In theaters, November 1999) Though not very well received by critics, this film nevertheless delivers what any thriller could be expected to: Strong lead characters, a good pace, false leads, interesting dialogue and such. James Woods shines in his role; every scene that includes him is a step above the rest of the film. Though not without excess (the rape sequence should have been toned down; its present form is gratuitously exploitative) and occasionally bland, there’s nothing especially wrong about The General’s Daughter. A fine video rental; just don’t expect it to play fair.

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