When a U.S. Special Ops exercise in Panama ends in disaster with four dead under mysterious circumstances, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent (John Travolta) is called in to investigate, with the grudging assistance of an Army lieutenant (Connie Nielsen, fumbling vainly with a cornpone Southern accent). Writer James Vanderbilt’s last script was the execrable Darkness Falls
, and this one, defying all odds, is even worse—a goulash of plot twists without any plot. Desperate to conceal the lack of a story, director John McTiernan uses the hurricane background—driving rain, flashing lightning, bellowing thunder and roaring winds—as smoke and mirrors, but the ploy backfires: The film is literally painful to look at and all but impossible to hear. Also wasted are Samuel L. Jackson, Taye Diggs, Giovanni Ribisi and others.