The Salton Sea Reviews
What we see in The Salton Sea, meanwhile, is a twisty, showy, atmosphere-saturated drama that revels (in a post-post-Tarantino- and-Trainspotting way) in sadism and in-your-face seediness -- and attracts a cast of coolios primed to play extreme.
Repellent yet intriguing, brutal yet funny, wicked yet strangely compassionate, The Salton Sea is more about mixing genres and styles than illuminating a credible reality.
For what it is, it's well-done -- a stylized-beyond-reality derivation of Natural Born Killers, perhaps. Or a more gonzo version of Go or Blow. But the heart has been stylized out of it.
Director D. J. Caruso brings a visual flair to the proceedings, and Tony Gayton ... shows a deft appreciation of the genre, as The Salton Sea twists, turns and twists again.
A thriller with an edge -- which is to say that it doesn't follow the stale, standard, connect-the-dots storyline which has become commonplace in movies that explore the seamy underbelly of the criminal world.