Silver City details
|Starring:||Thora Birch, Billy Zane, Richard Dreyfuss, Kris Kristofferson, Daryl Hannah, Tim Roth, Danny Huston, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello|
|Run time:||2 hours 3 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Silver City is a gripping 'whodunit' set in the still-dusty New West where old silver mines become real estate developments, and corporate tycoons attempt to privatise protected land for their own bounty.
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DisappointingBy Graeme Barton from London, UK , 04 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The trailer promises so much with Chris Cooper doing his best George W. impression - but once you've seen the trailer, you've seen all the film's highlights!
Chris Cooper plays a dim-witted politician from a family of political heavyweights running for Governor of Colorado. While filming a campaign video, he hooks a dead body out of the lake. What follows is a kind of whodunnit as the political advisors attempt to find out who has got it in for their candidate.
While Cooper's politician may be a thinly-veiled stab at George W. Bush, his performance stands out as the comedic highpoint of this film with strong support from Danny Huston as the gumshoe, Darryl Hannah as Cooper's sister and Richard Dreyfuss as the campaign manager. However, I lost track of the plot involving the dead body as layer upon layer of intrigue was added, there's the obligatory tacked on romantic sub-plot which added nothing and despite the impressive ensemble cast, the film feels like a collection of individuals doing their own thing - there's little to hold the film together. Such a shame as this could have been a smart political satire but unfortunately, there's very little substance behind the caricature.
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Bit slowBy Anthony Ellis from Poole , 16 Jan 2008Good film but bit slow for my taste
Watchable but not as good as Lone StarBy a customer from London, England , 10 Feb 2007Promising start but did not have much of a puff. Lone Star is still his best. Still watchable but not to expect too much.
What a let down...By a customer from North Wales , 04 Nov 2006A really good trailer and the promise of some excellent actors tempted us to this film. What a let down, poor story line and naff acting. Not worth watching.
Really IntertainingBy a customer from London , 30 Oct 2006I like this Film, thought it was very good.Great Actors and great topic. Politics and immigration.
An American Indie Gem!By Gary Sinclair-Stedman from Plymouth, Devon , 02 Sep 2006Silver City is a gem of a movie. It's a small and detailed but perfectly formed study of American local politics that is as sharp as any episode of the excellent 'West Wing'. Chris Cooper plays a superb parody of Bush jr in a gubernatorial race to be Governor of a mid west state. He's crass, ignorant, lacking in original ideas or even common sense and so downright dangerous, because he's so easily led by the big business advisors around him that use him to get what they want. As a consequence, he's effectively corrupt without actually meaning to be but by following the advice he's given by the self-serving and greedy people who support his campaign financially and politically, he becomes a powerful force for corruption, without even being aware of it. Sound familiar? The central question of the film is, therefore, do you need to be a bad person to do bad things? The answer is played out in exquisite detail in 'Silver City', as a mysterious drowning comes to light when the fictional governor is filming a promo ad and hooks a dead latino with a fishing line! A crummy PI is assigned by the Governor's political masters, supposedly to find out what happened but actually to effect a cover up, to prevent anything negative attaching to their client, who although innocent of direct involvement cannot afford the negative publicity. As the story unfolds we see beneath the underbelly of small town america and big business's involvement with politics and the wider society, which is fascinating and well done. In fine, this is a well detailed character study, an amusing and wry look at american poliics and a decent murder mystery, all in one. The slow pace may not appeal to some but if you liked John Sayles other films and you perhaps like Robert Altman's work or just murder mysteries or political satires, I wholeheartedly recommend this.
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