Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`G.I.' Demi's Fair, Story's Old, Locale's Great

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`G.I.' Demi's Fair, Story's Old, Locale's Great

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The First Coast looks great, if a bit murky and wet, in G.I.

Jane, in which Demi Moore slogs through the beaches and forests

of North Florida to play the Navy's first female SEAL candidate.

What results is a moderately entertaining but not terribly

original war movie, a surprisingly old-fashioned rouser about an

underdog who proves them all wrong.

Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) is known for his

stylish visuals, and G.I. Jane is certainly stylish.

Unfortunately, that style here is dark and gloomy, with the few

scenes in actual sunshine most welcome.

Through the drab, though, we spot glimpses of Moore, whose

character is given zero background and not much personality

beyond a lot of pluck. Moore, sadly, isn't given time or space

to flesh out young Navy Intelligence officer Lt. Jordan O'Neil.

Though blockbuster status seems unlikely, the film has enough

appeal to make it a moderate hit. But it's hard to tell whether

G.I. Jane will resurrect the career of moviedom's highest-paid

actress, who has suffered through a string of movie

disappointments lately.

Yet we'll say this: It's hard to imagine any other actress this

side of a younger Sigourney Weaver pulling off the stubborn

physical intensity that Moore exhibits.

She is buff and, yes, macho, whipping out a bunch of onehanded

push-ups with sweaty savoir faire.

Moore and Scott do a superb job of detailing the utter physical

exhaustion these trainees go through to become members of the

elite SEAL covert operation unit so much so that it's

surprising, when talking with some of the cast who trudged

through the movie with Moore, that it wasn't all that

debilitating.

It's too bad, then, that G.I. Jane skimps on less-strenuous

stuff such as motivation or character development, instead

relying on an utterly predictable plot orbit: Heroine gets

chance to succeed against all odds. Takes it. Gets harassed and

discouraged. Sticks with it. Wins over the doubters, etc.

That G.I. Jane remains so entertaining just shows how sturdy

this ancient plot is, and how indomitable the bruised and bloody

Moore proves to be. …

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