December 21, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

It’s not just the stylishly filmed rape scene or the lingering shots of a naked dead woman that make this film so offensive. It’s the creepy vibe Travolta and Stowe ooze, as two Army officers investigating the murder of a young female captain. Their relentless banter, sticky with innuendo, seems out of place, considering they’re trying to solve a brutal sex crime. Finally, the plot is a nonsensical mess — which just caps off the ugliness.

Reel Goodies That flirt! Stowe taunts an attractive sex offender: ”It’s a good smile, but you could never lead a rape.” The Last Detail Director Simon West, who made ”Con Air” before this, got his start shooting such TV commercials as the first Budweiser frog ads.

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