Once 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.
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Mary Kay Place