3000 Miles to Graceland

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Craig Zaffaroni

Plot: What’s it about?

Kurt Russell plays Michael Zane an ex-con just released from prison and wanting to go straight after he completes a big job robbing a Las Vegas casino. Kevin Costner plays Thomas Murphy an ex-Vietnam Vet who is the head of the group that is going to robb the casino. Others in the group include Christian Slater, David Arquette, & Bokeem Woodbine. The five are robbing the casino during an Elvis convention at the hotel and what better way to blend in than to dress up like Elvis impersonators and carrying guitar cases that are hiding their guns. They successfully pull off the heist but there is some disagreement amongst the group as to how the money should be divided which leads to double crossing and the money changing hands. Without giving anything away the individual (or individuals) that have the money are trying to get it to the money launderer (Jon Lovitz) up north so they can spend it. This leads to a cross country journey by others trying to retrieve the money. Courtney Cox shows up as a single Mom who takes a liking to Zane (Russell) but might only be interested in the money. Howe Long and Ice-T show up in small roles as mercenaries and Kevin Pollack & Thomas Haden Church are Federal Marshals on the trail of the robbers.

“3000 Miles To Graceland” was a huge flop when it played in theaters grossing over 15 million at the box office and costing around 62 Million. It got mostly bad reviews with only a few positive ones but this film might find a new life on DVD. I was one of the few who saw this movie at the theater and thought it was all right. However, after seeing it again on DVD I enjoyed it more and I am not ashamed to have it in my collection. I am fan of Kurt Russell and I thought he turned in a good performance as the likable Zane. Kevin Costner was good in the role of Murphy which was definitely a change for him as he usually plays the nice guy roles but plays a mean S. O. B. here. I also enjoyed Courtney Cox who hasn’t looked this hot since the first “Scream” film. Everyone else was good but weren’t given as much screen time which was a shame. The story is pretty simple and not a lot in terms of character depth but there is an interesting little subplot involving Costner and his background and why he has a fixation with Elvis. This film won’t win any Oscars for acting as this is basically a B-movie plot with an A-movie budget and cast which is all right with me as there are some exciting action scenes, humorous moments and a silly opening credits scene which adds to the fun of the picture. The negatives would probably be that there could have been a little more action in the middle of the movie, a little more of a backstory for Russell, Costner, and Cox and a little more screen time for the other actors. If you like action movies that are a little over the top and don’t mind the limited plot and are not too picky than you will probably like this film. Others might want to look elsewhere if they think they are going to find a lighthearted crime capper here like the trailer might lead you to believe. There are some humorous moments but this movie can get pretty violent.

You can see Russell in such classics as “Escape From New York,” “The Thing” & “Tombstone.” Costner can be see in “The Untouchables” and “American Flyers.” Cox and Arquette can be seen in “Screams 1-3.” Christian Slater can be seen in “True Romance” and “Tales From The Darkside: The Movie.” Ice-T can be seen in “New Jack City,” Ricochet,” and “Trespass.”

Video: How does it look?

The video is presented anamorphically in its 2.35.1 ratio and looks great. The colors and black levels looked good. The picture was sharp and I didn’t notice any pixilation or other flaws with the print. There is nothing here for me to criticize.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is a 5.1 mix which was very good as there was a good balance in the front between the dialogue and sound effects/music. The rear speakers kicked in pretty good during the action scenes and the sub-woofer gets some good use as well. There wasn’t as much rear channel usage during the non-action scenes but it still got some got use.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is where the disk is really hurting as there are hardly any extras other than the trailer and a cast biography. A commentary track with the director and some deleted scenes were originally going to be on the disk but that is not the case now. This is very disappointing considering that other films like “Battlefield Earth” and “The In Crowd” received the supplemental treatment despite their bad box office performances. However, the retail price is reasonable at $19.99 which you can get for $14.99 at Best Buy or online retailers.

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