I disagree with the movie critic's rough treatment of The General's Daughter. While it is an uneven mystery/thriller, it does enough things right to provide suspense and a few surprises. The first thing that impressed me was the photography showing sweeping panoramas. Also, the pacing and music fit. Once the story gets going, it has some good scenes that build to a powerful ending.
One problem with the movie is that Travolta and Stowe get off to a slow start. Travolta's southern accent belonged in a Chevy Chase movie and at first Stowe and Travolta's characters are out of sync. After the first half hour, the accent and the actors get things under control. It helps that there is a fine supporting cast with James Woods, Clarence Williams, James Cromwell and Timothy Hutton. Also, new comer, Leslie Stephanson, has some gut wrenching scenes toward the movie's end.
While not up to the standard of A Few Good Men, The General's Daughter has some of the same themes, career officers whose moral compass has gone very wrong. Too much of the story focuses more on sleaze than ideas. But in the end the film is a mystery about betrayal. It deals with rape in a way that's shocking but says things that needed saying including supporting a women's right to be protected from brutality.
The General's Daughter has mystery, some action and its story has some depth. The movie has problems but the efforts of many talented people break through. The story with the power of a sledge hammer presents powerful scenes toward the end making the film well worth watching.
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