3000 Miles To Graceland

Jeff Adams

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For those of you who have not yet watched this film. I strongly urge you not to waste 2 hrs of your day on this absolute piece of crap movie. I just watched this last night and it has to be on the worst movies of all time that I have seen list. It's a shame too, this movie started out with alot of potential. I thought that it was going to be a good movie. The begining of the movie has a great shootout scene and the guns that they used were too cool. But after that, it turned to crap, I wouldn't even use this movie as a coaster.
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I second that statement.
I felt sorry for Russell and Costner.
Both have done much better work in the past.
 

Jeff Adams

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I was actually saying the same thing to myself last night when I was watching this movie. At least about Kurt Russell. I was wondering what the heck he was doing. Once again TERRIBLE film.
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Man, I just saw this movie the other night on HBO, and I cannot believe this movie!
It has NO redeeming qualities whatsoever!
I can't remember the last time I saw a movie so blatently violent and mean, I don't know how they managed to rope Kurt Russell (an actor I always like) into this thing, but I hope he got paid handsomly for it. I suppose he was lured into it because he is a big Elvis fan, and he jumped at the chance to put on that sequin jumpsuit and cape again after playing the king in a t.v. movie he did. Who knows.
Furthermore, if I were a die hard Elvis Pressly fan, I would have been downright insulted by this film for using his likeness and name as a vehicle for such sensless violence and bloodshed. In the most violent scene in the film ...
Kevin Costner, Christian Slater, Bokeem Woodbine, and David Arquette viciously open fire on a casino and kill who knows how many innocent bystanders and security guards before making their escape in a helicoptor, and with every kill, we're treated to bags of blood flying everywhere.

Why? Does it serve some purpose to show such mayhem? Does it propell the story along? Nope, not at all.
And consider also the scene where...
Kevin Costners charactor hitches a ride with a kindly old man in a van, only to beat him to death a few moments later.

Mean, mean film.
How did the filmmakers get the Pressly family to allow his name to be applied to such nonsense?

On top of all of this, it's just a really bad movie anyway. If you havn't seen it, do yourself a favor and stay as far away as you can, you'll thank me for it.
 

Seth Paxton

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Mean spirited I can handle.

Horrible scripting and terrible dialog I can't.

Here's an example - you have a character surrounded by cops, all of whom have laser pointers for targeting on their rifles. The villan has a big red circle on him from about 100 red beams centered on him. He moves when told not to yet still is not shot to death???

Even dumber is that by using these beams your FX look stupid when the bloodpacks aren't bursting anywhere near the red dots when someone is actually being shot.

Typical of every second of script. Russell comes off okay in terms of doing what he can with it, but I thought Costner was actually part of the problem. He seemed to relish in the horrible scenes, soaking up and becoming one with the awful dialog.
 

Chauncey_G

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Best part of the film, IMO, was the end credits where Kurt Russell actually gets to do the Elvis thing for a while.

To be honest, I was kind of surprised that I actually made it to the end credits.
 

MickeS

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I too watched this on HBO, and I thought it was... decent.
After all the trashing it received by reviewers, I admit my expectations were low, but still, it was a decent action movie.
The thing that I found refreshing was exactly what some in this thread complain about: Murphy (Costner) was a mean, badass psychopath. He was mean-spirited and made every scene with him very tense, just like he should. He killed a bunch of completely innocent people. John Williamson asks in a message above: "Why? Does it serve some purpose to show such mayhem? Does it propell the story along? Nope, not at all." IMO, it did serve a purpose: Murphy's threats become real. In far too many action movies, even the bad guy comes across as rather likeable, and he often threatens people, but never really does anything to convince us he's a psycho. Murphy did; we hate the guy.
The story was weak though, and I wish they would have used the Kevin Pollak character more (he's a great actor in anything, IMO). The cinematography was sometimes way too flashier thn it needed to be, and the movie went on too long. Still, it was entertaining and felt like a movie that wasn't aimed at kids, which is always nice. It reminded me quite a bit of "Swordfish", which I liked too. Of course, if "3000" would've had some nudity from Courteney Cox, it would have been even better.

/Mike
 

Greg_C_T

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Count me as one (of the apparently few) who had a good time with the film. The scene that stands out for me is the showdown in the desert with the local sheriff who thinks he's a cowboy. Good stuff.
 

Brian_J

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Of course, if "3000" would've had some nudity from Courteney Cox, it would have been even better.
Well we did have that early scene of her butt and back...oh wait a minute, that was a body double. Not even close either, Cox is about as white as you can get and the double was all tanned and glistening.

One thing that annoyed me was that they had the casino shootout scene and they tried to gain sympathy for the black elvis that was shot...right after he had just blown away all those countless innocent people, cops, etc.

Also, Russell's character refuses to kill anyone and acts sort of surprised that all these people were dying. We are supposed to realize that he is not a bad guy. Yeah right, how did he think they would make it out of the lobby of a casino with millions of dollars of cash?

The thing is, asking these questions is pointless because this movie was filled with the most plot holes of any recent film that I can remember.

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Well... I liked it too!
A lot of action, Kurt Russel and Courtney Cox: what more do you want?
Of course the story sucked but haven't we heard that before?
 

Jeff Adams

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Liked Kurt Russell, hated the movie. What more could you want? A plot, not a road trip movie. And as faras action goes, it started with action and ended with action, thats all I got.
 

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I enjoyed it, a couple nice action scenes and a hot women in Courtney Cox, Lovits Sec. was sexy too. Mindless violence with a very mean character, good times.

I do agree that when all the laser sitings were lined up and he wasn't getting hit there was bad.

I agree with Greg, that showdown scene with that cop was classic.
 

Alex Spindler

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Terrible, terrible story.

Terrible, terrible dialogue.

Terrible, terrible action.

What was with that ballerina crap Ice-T does at the end?

What the heck was going on with the end shootout when Costner is able to kill many cops when they have laser sights on him and his weapon is lowered.

What the heck is with her leaving with the car and leaving her SON with a thief?

What was the point of them dressing as Elvis in the first place? They don't get one step before they are found out. The entire concept is completely wasted.

Completely a shame, because I remember entering the theater somewhat positive.
 

Allen Hirsch

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Wow. This POS is getting about a 50/50 rating here at HTF in this thread, at least.

I accidentally saw about 15 minutes of this disaster last night on HBO before we changed channels.

I remembered it has having been trashed in most reviews - so the responses here surprised me. I moseyed over to Rotten Tomatoes, just to double-check my memory: 14% fresh overall, 7% fresh cream of the crop - and most of the one-line critics' excerpts are pretty devastating, so my memory hadn't failed me.

I guess all this says is, throw enough violence (preferably stylized, or really gory, or both) and T&A on the screen, and SOMEBODY will be entertained, so you don't have to bother with a good script, or decent dialog, or a plot that actually makes sense. Almost depressing, if you'd rather see them raise, not lower, the bar in Hollywood for what gets made.
 

Jeff Adams

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Hey Allen, I have noticed this movie on HBO an awful lot lately. Thats probably what has sparked some more comments on my post. I am all for a no brainer action flick now and then but as you already no, this movie just sucks about as much as a movie can. Terrible! With a name like Costner in the movie, you can expect it to suck, but you would expect even if the movie sucked, Kurt Russell could save it a little at least. Not even, the action in this movie was ridiculous. The shootout in the casino was kind of cool but everything else SUCKED!
 

Jeremiah

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Hey I am not saying I would go buy this movie or even tape it off the Dish but it is one of those movies that if it is on I would watch it.
 

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