|Salton Sea, The (2002) [English (MPEG Layer III, 107 kBit/s, 48 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller
Length: 1h 43m 0s
Director: D.J. Caruso
Tagline: If You're Looking For The Truth, You've Come To The Wrong Place.
Plot outline: After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker (Val Kilmer) is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Fin (Peter Sarsgaard) and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette (Debra Kara Unger) from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents (Anthony Lapaglia and Doug Hutchison) and sadistic dealer Pooh Bear (Vincent D'Onfronio). Summary written by Anonymous
Comment: Good depiction of the wasted life in the happy drug underworld, in which it would have made a good story, but there is a underlying revenge subplot that is not revealed until the second half. It goes into the mind of how a person who has lost everything would risk what he has left to get back at those who made him get there in the first place. The movie first deplicted the junkie's culture, then went on to show how they are so absorbed by it that they don't even have a normal life to escape to. The whole dark, wasted scenery gives a dark portrayal of what the main character's is willing to submit himself to, and his single mindedness, in order to do what he thinks is just. His only weakness is when he opens up to someone that is in more dire situation than him, which turns out to be a trap laid out for him. Val Kilmer is in probably his best role so far, D'Onofrio is good as the menacing dealer, Peter Sarsgaard is good as the friend to the end whom you don't know if he was going to forgive his best friend, who turned out to hiding his true intentions. All in all, a film very worth watching.
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Subtitels: No ()