March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

3000 Miles to Graceland

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
02/23/01
performer
Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Ice-T, Howie Long, Jon Lovitz, Christian Slater, Bokeem Woodbine
director
Demian Lichtenstein
Producers
Franchise Pictures, Warner Bros.
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Demian Lichtenstein, Richard Recco
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure
We gave it a C

We go in thinking that we’re going to see a canny B-movie throwaway steeped in the funky peacockery of Elvis worship. What we get instead is a numbingly violent, sub-Tarantino potboiler — the studio version of an indie variation on kinetic studio trash. The cliches include machine-gun-toting robbers who employ a campy pop disguise; anything and everything to do with Las Vegas; a 1959 fire-engine-red Cadillac; a tough-loner hero (Kurt Russell) with a soft spot for kids; a sociopathic antihero (Kevin Costner) who’d blow away his own mother to protect the loot; endless blood ballets of pow-zap editing and slo-mo carnage; the very fact that we’re watching — yes — another road movie. C

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