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Silver City Reviews

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½ July 29, 2015
Average Sayles fare.
½ April 25, 2012
I usually like John Sayles but this one is a little more complicated..and like with all his films nothing is ever tied up in a nice bow at the end ..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.
½ April 25, 2012
I usually like John Sayles but this one is a little more complicated..and like with all his films nothing is ever tied up in a nice bow at the end
..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.
½ March 14, 2012
It's inconsistent in tone. The lead is uninteresting. Seems a bit unfocused at times. Not a total mess, but one that could have benefited from a bit more fine-tuning.
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½ March 11, 2012
There's no doubt that John Sayles has made better films than "Silver City", but that doesn't mean that his film is inferior. No, it has a great deal to offer, such as a top-notch cast, clever writing, and spot-on editing. The film's pacing and inconsistent camerawork may try the patience of some, but there is an engaging story here.
December 8, 2011
This movie was too heavy handed, and I didn't particularly like the main character.
½ June 17, 2011
Great cast, great premise but overlong. Veiled attack on George W. Bush and his administration. Good to see Danny Huston in a lead role.
May 20, 2011
another winner from one of the great under appreciated American directors, great emsenable cast really brin gs this multi-layered story about politics.
½ March 27, 2011
Love Chris Cooper (doing a nice Dubya impression no less), but I didn't get the point of this movie at all.
March 23, 2011
Back in 2004 there were all kinds of movies taking jabs at George W. in one way or another. Michael Moore tried directly. Silver City, from director John Sayles, takes a more subtle approach. Sayles fifteenth film as writer-director-editor is filled with wild ambition. And he scores a casting coup by having Oscar winner Chris Cooper star as the Dubya figure. Cooper stars as Dickie Pilager, a not-so-sly dig at Bush's environmental policies. Dickie isn't yet president, nor is he from Texas. He's running for governor of Colorado, where his father, longtime senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy), is a major power figure. Jud is looking to maintain that power by using his cronies to get his dumb son into office. Cooper is at his loosest and funniest as Dickie, using a little bit of Dubya syntax in his language and employing his trademark lost look. Dickie is nothing more than an empty suit controlled by nefarious puppeteers. This makes for frustrating limitations for Cooper's performance, as well as the movie as a whole.

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.
½ December 27, 2010
Nette Besetzung, allerdings ist der Plot ein bisschen sehr löchrig und unspannend.
October 6, 2010
sharp satire, fine enough ...
September 27, 2010
John Sayles politiska satir Àr en mÀrkvÀrdig sÄdan. HÀr fokuserar han sig kring guvernörskandidaten Dickie Pilager och hans mentor och hjÀrna bakom projektet Chuck Raven (den som kan lista ut vilka dessa tvÄ herrar Àr baserade pÄ fÄr en karamell). Men Sayles lÄter de tvÄ politiska rÀvarna bara agera som skuggspel för historien som han verkligen vill berÀtta. Den som pÄgÄr bakom omgivningens stÀngda ögon. Silver City Àr sÄ fylld utav tredimensionella karaktÀrer och ingen blir lÀmnad dÀrhÀn och inget blir lÀmnat Ät slumpen. John Sayles visar, Äterigen, varför han Àr en av filmvÀrldens absolut bÀsta skapare.
September 4, 2010
Decent movie good acting, the stories not the greatest but worth a free rental or get it from library.
½ July 10, 2010
Starts out promising and funny but becomes increasingly tedious. I stopped it with 15 minutes left, it was so pointless.
June 11, 2010
I have a lot of time for John Sayles -- who else makes the kind of movies that he does? Multi-character, multi-cultural, kinda preachy but with that "fight the power" spirit. This "detective story" takes on the corporations that are despoiling the environment and buying politicians to help them do it. A few star turns and Chris Cooper does GWB.
May 16, 2010
Depressing take off on bushiepoo and Carl Rove, lifting frequently from their real life background...
scarily real
½ May 10, 2010
sayles touches on a lot of different topics in this biting critique of politics, big business and everything in between - even religion. funny at times, poignant at others. a great cast that delivers great performances. it's a little longer than it needs to be due to the labyrinthine plot, which i think could have been trimmed a bit without any damage to the film. nevertheless it was worth watching.
February 23, 2010
One of Sayles' worst. Meh.
February 14, 2010
A disappointment from a stellar actor (Cooper) and director (Sayles).
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