Mire or spire? From base to pinnacle, who are we anyway?
Nov 8, 2008
Danny Parker is a meth addict and a snitch for the police as well. He used to be Tom Van Allen, before the death of his wife in an unrelated drug raid near the Salton Sea. From Tom the trumpet player to Danny the addict, Danny's downward spiral has had a purpose.
With a single piece of evidence from the murder of his wife, a red hair, Tom/Danny has planned revenge for a long time based on a single vision of a person at a gas station. He intends to trap the red-haired stranger in a quarter-million dollar drug deal with a psycho called Pooh-Bear.
I don't want to say much more, which would reveal too much of the plot, but I will say that this film relies on atmosphere, photography, great acting, and visuals rather than script. I felt the script was the weakest part, but the rest of its components compelled me towards its rather predictable ending. It's a bit twisted and unleveled, but in the end that works for the movie rather than against it.
Val Kilmar (Willow, Alexander, Wonderland) is good in his role, as he always is, but Vincent D'Onofrio (Men In Black, The Cell) steals the show as Pooh-Bear. D'Onofrio was meant to play the bad parts, evidenced by his ability to carry the movie, 'The Cell', all on his own (Lopez made the movie worse, not better). Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass, The Cell) carries his share of the weight in this flick just as he did with D'Onofrio in The Cell. These two actors obviously work well together. Look for singer Meat Loaf in an almost unrecognizable role as Bo. B.D. Wong (Executive Decision) is at top form as his role of financer/agent Bubba.
'The Salton Sea' is a good movie to flesh out your drug habit, as far as movies go, but I haven't decided whether or not it is worth a purchase yet. Definitely worth a rent, though. Plus, you have to absolutely LOVE that tattoo on Danny! Enjoy!