The Salton Sea (2002)

The Salton Sea (2002)
  • Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Director: D.J. Caruso
  • Cast: Val Kilmer, Doug Hutchison, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán


After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear.

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  • The storyline of this film is deliberately slow, and I cannot stress this enough, it is deliberately slow.

    It it done this way so that you are left with no feelings for the lead character (Val Kilmer) until he get’s off his chest the full horror of what he has endured with the loss of his wife.

    The unfortunate thing these days is that too many films have started slow and remained slow, or that they start fast paced and have an anti-climatic end to them.

    However, this film needs patience from the audience, and when you reach the longest flash back scene you see why he has become or is acting as a regular tweaker (junkie). The depth of the storyline from this point on WILL get to you and then the audience will be rooting for him all the way.

    The only flaw which is hardly even a flaw, is the rather pointless scene involving his tweaker associates (not friends, but associates)when they plan a heist.

    It seems a little unnecessary, but when added to the excellent Dirty Harry style ‘6 shots or only 5’ this may seem the only way to introduce the final scene; i.e you can’t have the final scene without a similar cartoon style scene from earlier.

    Any, given patience, you will love this film.

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