The Salton Sea
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Do yourself a favor and see this movie. Often.
My favorite aspects deal with the main themes of the movie: the value of true love, evil & hypocrisy, unlikely heroes and gutter saints. A Beautiful Film.
Vincent D'Onofrio is cast as a demented drug dealer who has lost his nose due to his habit. He's a sadist who boasts about torturing people who have tried to scam him and he puts Val Kilmer through some horrible moments. There's double crossing going on of course, and even triple crossing. This makes the plot rather interesting as our perception of our hero changes as the film moves along.
It's all a strange and unpleasant trip but I must give credit to fine performances and excellent and edgy directing. I enjoyed it but do stay away if you're squeamish in any way and don't want to be haunted by nightmarish images. Recommended only for the adventurous few.
And yet, drug use definitely forms a large aspect of the story of the film. In its depiction of drug use and drug users, it is remarkably balanced. It neither condemns nor glorifies it characters for their addiction, it simply portrays them honestly, as part of a larger story. Most films seem which involve a heavy dose of drug use in their story seem to feel the need to moralize on the subject at some point, but The Salton Sea avoided that particular pitfall.
Most likely this is because, as the filmmakers doubtless realized early on, it's not a movie about drug use. Though it has that feeling to it early on, the story slowly turns to the history of the main character, why he is in the situation he finds himself, and what he's doing now that he's there. Through a number of fairly surprising twists and turns, we learn that all is not as it seems, both for him and for those around him. The ending, when it comes, is one of the nicest surprises of the film, even as it is its most heart-wrenching moment.
Val Kilmer, who always seems to crop up in the oddest places, surprised me yet again with his lead role in this movie.Read more ›
Unlike many drug movies, you'd notice how nothing is glamourised, just strikingly honest. There are real consequences for everyone. The main character (Val Kilmer), although a "tweaker", elicits sympathy as he does what he feels right. Towards the end, I feel he did do what's right. I've never been involved with drug-dealing, but I imagine it would be at least similar to the movie. I'm gonna have to buy it. The DVD, not meth.
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Have been wanting to see this forever and finally rented it. Really dark noir and unexpected. Val is in fine form here--hope to see him in more films now.Published 9 days ago by caty
Not as good as the reviews state I am disapointed, I thought with all the 4 star reviews the movie would be great...Published 1 month ago by Paul
One of Val Kilmers best outings. Vincent D'Onofrio as Pooh Bear is a classic, nobody does the off beat, over the top character better.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband got me hooked on this movie. It took me FOREVER to find it, and whenever I tried to order it, it was impossible! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miranda Strickland