July 11, 2017

Underrated Gem: 3000 Miles to Graceland

If you rely on scores from Rotten Tomatoes then you’ll be missing out on practically every action or horror movie ever made. 3000 Miles to Graceland is sitting at 14% Rotten on the site which shows that critics don’t know dick when it comes to action. Thankfully, I do and I can safely say that this movie is awesome. With a cast that includes Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Christian Slater, Courteney Cox, Kevin Pollack and Ice-T this is a movie you should definitely seek out.

It’s called a heist movie but really the robbery is over in the first 20 minutes and the real story is the fallout afterwards. I loved how the heist isn’t well planned but it’s just a clusterfuck which quickly turns into a bloodbath. Our perps are all dressed like Elvis and the heist takes place during Elvis week in Vegas so nobody should notice them in a crowd… except someone does and that’s when the shit hits the fan.

Kevin Costner has never been more psychotic as Murph, the ringleader of this crew who has no problem killing his own men or anyone who gets in his way. He’s unpredictable every moment he is on screen and could snap at any time. He pretty much has a cigarette in his mouth for entire runtime and is easily Costner’s coolest character to date.

Then you have Kurt Russell who plays Michael; Murph left him for dead after the robbery but he reluctantly teams up with single mother named Cybill (Courteney Cox) and her somewhat annoying son Jesse to get the money back from Murph. Cox has never been hotter than she is in this movie and the fact that she may or may not be a villain keeps things interesting.

There are various twists and turns and despite a rather predictable finale the action really is superbly executed with spectacular shoot-outs and plenty of hard R violence. The movie is not without a black sense of humour too with some choice one-liners and they mostly come from Costner’s Murph.

The score from George S. Clinton is all cool electric guitars and generally my favourite kind of action movie music; there are of course some Elvis songs and a few rock songs thrown in for good measure.

It is a little too long and like I said the kid is annoying at times but aside from that 3000 Miles to Graceland is a must-see.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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  • Eoin Friel

    I tried watching it; I have it on DVD but never made it all the way through.

  • Mucho Macho

    😂 sometimes I do my reading in the toilet really fast , however did you ever watch the gambling Stallone movie “Shade” anyways?

  • Eoin Friel

    Oh I didn’t write the Runner Runner article, it;’s just an ad haha

  • Mucho Macho

    I love this fucking movie and it’s criminally underrated unfortunately.
    Actually there was a little bit of a disagreement in the way that the movie should be edited and the studio let Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell edit their own versions. Kurt Russell’s version was more comedic and concentrated more on the relationship with the Courtney Cox character while Kevin Costner’s version concentrated more on the action. Needless to say the studio preferred Kevin Costner’s version of the movie.

  • Mucho Macho

    There were a couple of problems with Runner Runner number one was the casting of Justin Timberlake. Rven though he is good at doing SNL skits and in comedy but anything to do with drama mostly or just playing “tough”, he’s just not good at it.

    Another problem was that the villains should have been nastier and meaner cause the good guys never felt like they were in too much Danger

  • Mucho Macho

    Hey Eoin .. I wanted to comment on a couple of things on the “runner runner” article but I couldn’t cuz but I just wanted to ask you, have you ever seen the Sylvester Stallone movie called “Shade” that came out in the early 2000s?
    A lot of people don’t know he made that gambling movie.. it’s okay IMO

  • Nikita Kolchev

    Yeah, liked it too