The Salton Sea

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Released 2002

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Director:
D.J. Caruso
Released:
2002
Rating:
R

The Salton Sea is a dark film that comes to you from one of the best directors in neo-noir film and psychological thrillers - D. J. Caruso (Disturbia, Two for the Money, Taking Lives, Eagle Eye). The film centers around a young man named Danny (Val Kilmer) , a seemingly hopeless man with a serious addiction to methamphetamines. He is trying to solve the mysterious murder of his wife. But Danny has many other things on his agenda. He must help a woman named Colette (Deborah Kara Unger), his neighbor, escape a brutally abusive situation. He also works undercover for the narcotics team for the local police force. And last, but certainly not least, he and his wingman "Jimmy the Fin" (Peter Sarsgaard) constantly thwart a gang of menacing drug dealers, led by a man named Pooh Bear (Vincent D'Onofrio). Throughout all of these events, Danny realizes that avenging his wife's death will require him to do things he hadn't expected. Watch to find out!

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Metacritic Score

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Quickly curdles into a nasty variation of the one-last-score genre.

  • 30

    Variety Robert Koehler

    This extremely plot-thickened tale finally offers little more than the usual genre elements pushed to the kind of extremes that recall the acrid "The Way of the Gun."

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Taking issue with efforts like The Salton Sea, cold and unemotional films that couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to enthusiastically drag audiences through unhappy materi...

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Crime, Psychological