It was an ingenious enough plan: rob the Riviera Casino's count room during an Elvis impersonator convention. But Thomas Murphy decided to keep all the money for himself and shot all his partners, including recently-freed ex-con Michael Zane. With $3.2 million at stake, the Marshals Service closing in, and single mom Cybil Waingrow and her son Jesse constantly confounding things, Michael must track down Murphy. Written by
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Mansion on the Hill
by Larry Love (as Robert Spragg) / Mountain of Love (as Diers Marsh) / Sir Eddie Real (as Simon Edwards) / Jon Delafons
Performed by Alabama 3 (as A3)
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Costner's best bad guy role since Eastwood's "A Perfect World". He is
an Elvis-loving criminal who robs a casino with his buddies and
proceeds with plans to annihilate them all before they can collect
their share of the loot. Simple set-up, heavy-handed execution.
The thing is, though, it works as mindless, forgettable trash. Director
Demian Lichtenstein is clearly churning out his Boys Own Gun Movie and
he does so with unapologetic enthusiasm and not a single concession to
political correctness. Which is refreshing.
As usual, Kurt Russell is fine as the guy Costner underestimates and
gets a world of trouble from. The climax is predictable, unfortunately,
and doesn't leave us with much to chew on, but the overwrought stylings
are the thing.
The shoot-outs are big and brassy, and there is much collateral damage
to be had. The Elvis angle is misleading because it suggests a lighter
movie in the "Honeymoon in Vegas" mold; but there is no lightness here,
just nihilism and firearm fetishism.
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