A pleasant costume drama yet terribly predictable, Basil features Jared Leto and Christian Slater in the most unlikeliest of roles as the two British subjects of yesteryear. The tale that unfolds (Leto is a minor nobleman, Slater is his duplicitous savior, Forlani is the low-of-station girl that hooks up with Leto, which gets him disowned) is simplistic and easy to second-guess, but at least it's watchable. Slater surprises with the best performance in the group, but ultimately that doesn't redeem Basil for being a terribly tepid tale that doesn't have much to say except "Watch your back."