Unfortunately, writer/director Demian Lichstenstein, previously best known for his music videos, has no idea how to handle or pull off this project. There's too much dead time between the spectacularly, ridiculously violent heist and the climax. Despite a seemingly prestige cast, none of the characters really engage us, though Costner impresses a little as a psycho convinced he's Elvis' son. 3000 Miles to Graceland feels like an effort on the part of some of the ageing or has-been actors belatedly to grab some of the John Woo/Tarantino action. However, Woo has a balletic sense of on-screen violence, while Tarantino's characters always had something quirkily compelling about them. Neither quality is really present in this movie, hence its failure at the box office.
On the DVD: 3000 Miles to Graceland is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic format. Both the sound and visuals are immaculate, especially in the predictable explosion scenes. Extras include a trailer only and, frankly, that feels like more information than we need. --David Stubbs
From first to last it is a strange mix of styles, from the king of unneccesary, gratuitous violence you would asscociate with a late night channel 5 film, to the lame attempts at romance by Cox and Russell. So far you may be wondering why I gave the film 3 stars if I thought it so bad? Well I'll now try to underline the good points of the film, and all though it is not overloaded with them there are a few. Firstly there is Kevin Costners finest piece of acting for a long while. In a lot of his other films, (dances with wolves and JFK spring to mind), the pure power and storyline of the films pull him along and you are left feeling that he was only there to fill in whilst you concentrated on the plot, in 3000 miles to Graceland he is forced to act in order to liven up the merely adaquate script. He is made to skip from his usuall morose boringness to scenes of sudden madness, from pure evil, to grieving friend, and he pulls it off surprisingly well. The supporting cast are only really there to add big names to the cast, with Slater and Woodbine massively underused.
From the completley random opening scene of two computer generated scorpions fighting, to the completley predictable 'happy ever after' ending, this film is strange, yet entertaining, and will entertain die hard fans of the violence and crime genre.
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The idea of using a huge icon such as Elvis and combining him with an action flick rocks and will leave Producers wondering why they didn't think of it first, with alot Elvis material used on the soundtrack aswell as the rising star Uncle Kracker, the songs are well suited to the pace of the scenes and this all makes this film stand out from other's like it such as Ocean's 11 which has the same sort of concept but could not pull it off as well as this wicked action flick. With alot of twists, turns aswell as some funny moments and the hot looking Courtney Cox this film will no doubt have you saying at the end: Thank you very much....
Overall though if your an action junkie and an Elvis fan this film is definately up your street but whatever the case give it a go at least.
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