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The Big Bang (2011)

Antonio Banderas , Autumn Reeser , Tony Krantz  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Autumn Reeser, Sam Elliot, Jimmi Simpson, Snoop Dogg
  • Directors: Tony Krantz
  • Writers: Erik Jendresen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio commentary with producer/director Tony Krantz and co-producer Reece Pearson
Lex Parsimoniae: The Making of The Big Bang
Extended scenes

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Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she's hiding. As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city's seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (James Van Der Beek), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (Snoop Dogg), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (Autumn Reeser). Lexie proves to be as elusive as she is beautiful and Cruz becomes obsessed with finding her. With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliot), and his physicist (Jimmi Simpson), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert. Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person's case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Directed by Tony Krantz (producer of Mulholland Dr., and Fox's ''24''), written by Emmy® award winner Erik Jendresen (''Band of Brothers'') and featuring the debut soundtrack by The Smiths' legend Johnny Marr, THE BIG BANG is a neo-noir detective thriller for the 21st century. The film also stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Valkyrie), William Fichtner (Drive Angry, Date Night, ''Prison Break''), Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes, 300) with Delroy Lindo (Gone in 60 Seconds, ''The Chicago Code'').

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
At first glance, I'm not sure how promising Tony Krantz's "The Big Bang" seemed. A strange blend of detective film noir with science fiction undertones, I think the movie might be a bit divisive. I'm sure that some people will be perplexed by this uneasy marriage of disparate concepts! Maybe I was in a good mood, but I went with this increasingly wacky premise. Having no fore knowledge of the plot and absolutely zero expectations, I enjoyed the visual flourishes and dark humor inherent in the tale. Almost a send up of classic private eye films where the intrepid hero pursues a missing person, "The Big Bang" veers unexpectedly into the territory of particle physics and the actual Big Bang. I won't go much beyond that in describing the film, whose main pleasures come from not knowing exactly where this sordid tale is leading you.

The story unfolds as our gumshoe is being interrogated by three cops after a series of murders. Antonio Banderas plays the lead and recounts a complicated tale of being hired by an ex-con to locate a woman who wrote him letters while he was in the big house. As every step of the search results in another dead body and the progress becomes more twisted--mob connections, missing diamonds, and mad scientists all come into play. The final confrontations have a lunatic mania that I really enjoyed and the further the picture removed itself from reality, the more it entertained me. The film is quirky and amusing and never less than interesting--and, for me, that was good enough. The reveal when the client meets the letter writer is perhaps the film's signature moment and this one scene makes up for many of the story's other shortcomings.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Raymond Chandler Evening June 8, 2011
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Director Tony Krantz and Screenwriter Eric Jenderson have definitely done their Film Noir homework in this excellent modern day merge of the Philip Marlowe/Mike Hammer private eye genre 'THE BIG BANG'. The story begins as a carbon copy remake of Edward Dmytryk's 'MURDER MY SWEET'-1944 where Dick Powell played the shamus character which was remade with Robert Mitchum in Director Dick Richard's underrated 'FAREWELL MY LOVELY'-1975 where we now have a new Marlowe named Ned Cruz played brilliantly by Antonio Banderas being sought out by a big palooka fighter/ex con looking for his beloved girlfriend here named Lexie. Slowly, a routine missing persons case becomes a pandoras box of intrigue which enters into Director Robert Aldrich's territory of the theme of the great whatzit in his masterpiece 'KISS ME DEADLY'-1955 where here Sam Elliot plays a Howard Hughes like recluse experimenting with quantum physics to recreate the seconds before the scientific big bang theory of the end of the world. It sounds complicated and far fetched but the film works combining beautiful color images and photography by Shelly Johnson and an electrifying guitar score by Johnny Marr turning the enterprise into a rollicking good time. The acting is awesome by all the players making the impossible seem believable , I will not divulge the crux of the plot, that's up to you to decipher and enjoy. Suffice it to say that in this modern day film world of bloated mindless dreck, we sometimes experience a silk purse of which Director Krantz should be truly proud of. Combining genres and sometimes European film making in the mix, 'THE BIG BANG' is a refreshing piece of celluloid which will appeal to fans of the Detective and Fantasy film genres. Anchor Bay releases it in a nice 2.35 transfer with great Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, a great featurette on the genesis of the film, extended scenes and Audio Commentary with Director Krantz and Co-Producer Reece Peterson. Highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Can you find someone that doesn't exist? After being approached by a former boxer looking for his girlfriend P.I. Cruz (Banderas) begins the search for her and $30 million in diamonds she has. After his investigation begins to take stranger and stranger turns he wonders is this Lexie exists at all, or is he looking for something far more serious? This is a very strange, but good movie. I think it's best described as "Southland Tales" meets Quentin Tarantino. It's got the bizarreness of a Tarantino movie, mixed with the sci/fi aspects of "Southland Tales" or a "Donnie Darko" type movie. It's much easier to follow then those two, but the feel is the same. I would recommend it to those that like a different type of movie. This is defiantly not for everyone, but it's worth watching. Not many Sci/Fi - crime mysteries being made these days. It does drag in some parts. I liked it, but the slow parts hurt the movie. I give it a B-

Would I watch again? - I don't know, mabye I will.

*Also try - Southland Tales & Ticking Clock
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gal's perspective December 20, 2011
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This is a fun, quirky movie in a film noir style. If you are a fan of seeing Antonio Banderas beat up you've got it in spades. Wouldn't have minded a little more character development, and the end scene seems a bit abrupt. Chock full of little physics jokes and tips of the hat to noir roots. Good plot that develops slowly, so pay attention. All in all the people that seem to hate it just don't get it, are too married to the story it's based on, or more likely, are annoyed rather than mesmerized by Banderas' captivating, heavily accented voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not very good
Published 2 months ago by Lillie M. Broxson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you like Antonio Banderas .Then need for your collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mark Walthour
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bang, (a movie-not the lame TV show) No- I don't want a bunch...
This is one of those movies that really should be seen twice. It is a little confusing the first time. However, that being said I have watched it 5 times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terry E. Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bang
Very good movie had a good story, liked the actors and the dvd was in excellent condition.
Thank You; Deb
Published 6 months ago by Deb D
4.0 out of 5 stars Particle physics meets Film Noire
If you get the inside jokes, (man both dead and alive at the same location, what time does the station get to the train? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars review
The worst movie every made hands down. Nothing like what the synopsis states would not recommend to anyone at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art, fun, and a bit of camp
The Big Bang was a blast! Cimematography is artful with a capital A. Acting is what you expect from a Sam Spade homage'. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Patty Montgomery
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Crazy Cool Esoteric Violent Moody Quirky Flick
Actually found this film while channel searching on a somber Friday night; missed the beginning but after hearing the wild meandering yet sensually hypnotic voice-over of Antonio... Read more
Published on September 23, 2012 by You Can Call Me "Books"
2.0 out of 5 stars (2.5 STARS) Chandler Meets Physics
"The Big Bang" is a crime thriller about a LA private investigator Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas). The detective accepts the job offered by Anton (Robert Maillet), a recently paroled... Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Tsuyoshi
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