The Base 2: Guilty as Charged (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I guess there is a series of these in the hyphen world (straight-to-vid or made-for-cable). Antonio Sabato plays a secret military policeman who goes undercover to expose naughty goings-on in the Army.
This time, he's after a renegade Colonel (James Remar) who runs a personal vengeance squad, a star chamber that executes anyone who commits a crime and sneaks free from the clutches of the standard military tribunals. 


Melissa Lewis is topless in a very dark sex scene with Sabato
Sabato kicks some butt, falls in love with the only female member of the death squad (Hey, I made that same mistake), gets caught, and has to endure the terrifying "seven hardships of unending speeches about loyalty".

Boring, predictable, low-budget, no-frills formula picture, but competently performed, coherently related,  and with plenty of fight scenes.

DVD info from Amazon.

bare bones. Way overpriced at 21 bucks. Will probably be available on the bargain racks or used within a month.

This was directed by competent veteran Mark Lester, who has been doing this for thirty years now (25 feature films). No Oscars in there, but workmanlike output of grade b material. 

The Critics Vote

  • Apollo 53.

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 4.8, Apollo users 47/100. 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. Barely watchable if you like this type of film. If not, avoid. No crossover appeal.

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