Yeah, the movie played it pretty straight except for the action scenes, which were totally insane. Think about the first major shootout, when the drug kingpin's henchman electrocutes the snitch, then gets down to the street and pops two submachine guns off rails on his arms, then Sam Elliott swings down to the street on a drainpipe, and he and Peter Weller jump on a motorcycle and proceed to chase down and shoot at the suspect.
If you've seen any of James Glickenhaus's other movies, though, (like The Soldier, which is actually the movie that Sam Elliott's watching while we first see him sleeping in the theater) you know that his action sequences tend to be pretty over the top.
On a completely different topic, I thought it was funny that--just like in Road House--Sam Elliott was playing opposite a character named "Dalton."
lol That's the same reason I came to this board. To see if anyone mentioned this wacky *beep* scene. Great stuff!