Movies: Revenge Served Cold

The Salton Sea is ambitious but needlessly dark

The Salton Sea is a body of salt water lying some 225 feet below sea level in California's Imperial Valley. It is a dead lake, and the landscape around it is also desolate and eerie. For obscure reasons, a jazzman, Danny Parker (Val Kilmer), and his wife are vacationing there. They ask for directions at a forbidding house inhabited by methamphetamine dealers. While they are there, masked criminals break in, and Danny's wife is killed by the intruders.

Danny himself now becomes a dead sea; no visible emotion roils his surface. He appears at first to have become a meth...

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