3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) (part 4 of 8)

Back at Child Neglect Motel, Jesse sneaks into Michael’s room. Although, why Michael would have rented a room in the motel is beyond me. At the start of the film, we saw Michael arrive and wait for Murphy, who was set to come along in a few hours. Right? Right, and one would imagine all he’d have to do is hang out in the diner drinking coffee and eating pie until Murphy showed up, but for some reason, the filmmakers had him rent a room. Unfortunately, that reason was so our charming mother and son duo can stay in the film.

Our favorite thieving little bastard, suddenly wearing a 30’s style fedora, goes through our Noble Hero’s room. I have no idea why he’s in Michael’s room in the first place, past the mindless bit that will be coming up soon. There’s also an extended bit with Jesse shaving which I see no reason to describe.

Anyway, Michael and the gang enter and spread out the money. Jesse hides in a dark room while Murphy goes to the bathroom to take a leak. I thought I’d mention this because the shot of Murphy peeing (another recurring image, sadly) is framed so we see Jesse hiding behind the shower curtain. Apparently, the director doesn’t know the difference between a door and plastic, thereby making him dumber than the average chicken. That, or he simply has no idea how to film an establishing shot. (He also seems to have a weird fixation on people peeing, but I really don’t want to get into that if I don’t have to.)

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

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