Picks and Pans Review: Truth or Consequences, N.M.

UPDATED 05/12/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/12/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

Vincent Gallo, Kim Dickens, Kiefer Sutherland, Mykelti Williamson

Imperiled yuppies seem to be the flavor of the week. There are two in this movie too. Directed by and starring Sutherland, Truth or Consequences, N.M. yearns to be a contemporary Bonnie and Clyde. Its star-crossed lovers are not the terrorized upscale couple (Kevin Pollack and Grace Phillips) but rather a sensitive ex-con (Gallo) and his waifish gal pal (Dickens), who team with two others (Sutherland and Williamson) to rob a drug dealer. The robbery goes wrong, a cop dies, and the four hit the road, taking Pollack and Phillips as hostages.

None of this is very compelling or original. Although a final shoot-out is well-staged, Sutherland overindulges his cast, especially himself. His frothing psycho, a bully who'd as soon shoot someone as tell them the time, is the kind of smug, look-at-me performance that a better director would have turned a hose on at rehearsal.

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