Time Out saysOnce again, sociopolitical shenanigans are filmmaker John Sayles's topic du jour, when a reporter starts snooping around after a corpse is found to be loosely connected to a cover-up involving a gubernatorial candidate. Cooper's performance as the befuddled politician is a virtuoso take on fumbling Dubya-style inarticulacy, but coming after the scalpel-sharp social surgery of Sunshine State, Sayles's latest satirical swipe is more like an unfocused exhalation of hot air than a comment on the cultural state of the nation. The vision and vitriol of the writer-director's best work percolates randomly throughout, but Silver City just feels like a mother lode of recycled rage.
Cast and crew
Maria Bello, Michael Murphy, Tim Roth, Kris Kristofferson, Danny Huston, Daryl Hannah, James Gammon, Miguel Ferrer, Richard Dreyfuss, Alma Delfina, Chris Cooper, David Clennon, Thora Birch, Mary Kay Place