8:05 PM, 19th May, 2000
How not to say anything which might give away the plot, that is the question. Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) is a happily married woman until she is found by the Coast Guard in a nightie smeared with the blood of her husband. Accused of murder she ends up spending six years in jail. Once out she sets out to find her husbands killer and recover her son who has gone missing. Along the way she is chased by her parole officer played by Tommy Lee Jones who basically reprises his role as the Marshal in The Fugitive and US Marshals.
This film has a few twists and people who are interested in thrillers would probably enjoy it. However since I haven't seen the film (only read about it) I will let you, the viewers, decide.
9:50 PM, 19th May, 2000
The General's Daughter is based on the book by Nelson DeMille and is the story of a murder investigation at Fort McCallum, a military base securely situated in the Deep South. The combination of whodunnit and intrigue in the armed forces is a potent one, especially when, as in this case, you add sex, both straight and kinky.
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner (Travolta) is summoned to look at the naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell (Stefanson), the beautiful daughter of Fort Commander General Joe Campbell (Cromwell), which had been discovered on a secluded part of an army base. Sarah Sunhill (Stowe), another Criminal Investigation Division veteran, is also called in to join the investigation - a pairing that is apparently supposed to spark sexual tension because of a previous romantic involvement between the two CID workers. Together, they have just 36 hours to solve the crime before the FBI is called in.
This is the second movie directed by Briton Simon West, who made an auspicious debut with Con Air. The General's Daughter is far less successful, mainly because it doesn't really make much sense when you ponder the plot afterwards. I really wanted to like this movie but I was left a little lost by some of the plot elements and although there were moments of suspense it just couldn't sustain it (and I am fairly easily kept in suspense). But having said that, it does raise some interesting points and is an entertaining way to spend the evening.