DIRECTOR: Simon West
The General's Daughter is about a Criminal Investigations Divisions officer named Paul Brenner (played by John Travolta), who is investigating the murder of the daughter of an established army general (James Cromwell). Another officer is assigned as his partner (Madeleine Stowe), and together they try to track down the murderer but find themselves getting more than they had bargained for.
The General's Daughter is a good movie that could have been great. The acting, directing, and plot are all top notch! But unfortunately, the film doesn't find the right note and as a result, loses its edge.
Travolta is good, but sometimes he seems to have his tongue in his cheek at inappropriate moments. Madeleine Stowe and Timothy Hutton are good, but the best performance of the movie is given by the always terrific James Woods. Woods plays Colonel Moore - friend and mentor to the general's daughter - who seems to be hiding something. This is one of Woods' best performances and he easily upstages Travolta.
death scene is needlessly graphic and disturbing and was
just too creepy for my liking. The mood that the film
sets makes the manner of the murder seem completely out
of place and unnecessarily exploitative.