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"Guns, Girls and Gambling" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

 Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and Dane Cook headline this outrageous action-comedy about greed, revenge, and a desert full of dead Elvis impersonators. A priceless Apache war mask has been stolen from an Indian casino causing criminals, frat boys, tomahawk-wielding hit men, modern-day cowboys, and a six-foot-tall blonde assassin to rampage through a small town in hopes of claiming the treasure first. Guns, Girls and Gambling is an action-packed comedy where the laughs pile up faster than the body count.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 30 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Christian Slater, Powers Boothe and Gary Oldman
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This film follows the same formula as Cat Run, only it is not as funny and the acting is worse. If you had read my earlier review on Cat Run, you know that I did not like that film either. What can I tell you about a flick that did not even make me grin once? The critics say Slater can't act. The critics are right. The only redeeming actor in this movie is Oldman (Why Gary, why?), but his total screen time is less than 10 minutes. The "gay" Elvis was not even convincingly gay. The "midget" Elvis was supposed to be funny because he swore a lot. The "Asian" Elvis was supposed to be hilarious because…well, I don't even remember. Throw in some native Americans that can't act; add some hatchets and guns and an ugly mask supposedly worth a million dollars and you have this mess of a movie. Admittedly, this movie does not take itself too seriously...but neither should you. When I think "action comedy", I think Lethal Weapon. THIS movie is not a Lethal Weapon!

Technical

In spite of a dreadful script and poor acting, the movie sports a very good quality image. I marveled at the details in Oldman's Elvis outfit with its rhinestones and sequins. You can see every pock mark in Powers Boothe's face (Yikes!). Colors are well saturated and contrast is very good, even under the hot desert sun. Sound quality was also good with lots of surround and sub woofer action. From crunching gravel to flies buzzing around dead people, you are totally immersed in the action on the screen.

Extras

None. However, a curiosity… at no time during the movie can you access the Main Menu. You can only fast forward through some tedious trailer at the very beginning, and then the movie just starts. Weird.