Silver City Reviews
..good performance by Chris Cooper..I only wish the movie was more about him instead of the Danny Huston character,still it's an interesting companion piece to Fast Food Nation.
Sayles mixes the humor with Chinatown-style noir. A dead body floats up in a Colorado lake as Dickie is shooting a campaign commercial, an event that spurs Dickie's campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss, more brutally funny than he was allowed to be in W.) to hire Danny O'Brien, a reporter turned detective played wonderfully by Danny Huston (son of legendary director John Huston). As with all of his films (Lone Star, City of Hope, Sunshine State), Sayles is interested in exploring the roots of corruption, but such ambition is unfortunately held back due to the love story involving Danny and his ex-lover (Maria Bello).
But Silver City is filled with undeniably wicked mischief. Take Daryl Hannah as Dickie's sexy, but screwed-up sister, or Billy Zane as a lobbyist without a soul. Dreyfuss digs into his role, chewing on the snappy lines he gets, such as when be explains that Dickie will promise the Christian right that he will preserve cultural equilibrium, which translates into (his words) 'no handouts for homos'. Sayles obviously bites off more than he can chew, even with a $5.5 million film, but it's a risky bite, one that counts in Teflon Hollywood.