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
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.