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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'').


Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OUZLGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 By William Amazzini on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on June 23, 2011
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Positives:
If you liked: "Dark City"; "Mulholland Dr."; "Blade Runner"; Philip Marlowe detectives and Roger Corman movies then this '40s-'50s "Film-noir" throwback is desert. It's filled with ironic quips; double entendre humor; hopeless romanticism and philosophical idealism as any good "Film-noir" should possess.

The props and settings were classic "Noir" from the never-gets-dusty "Art Nouveau" T-bird to the cig smoke to the neon signs (especially reflected) to Burma Shave signs (roadside signs that gave each subsequent piece of the Ad every few miles). The shapes and lines were reminiscent of F.L. Wright and further enhanced the movies surreal visual appeal. The scenes were also mood dominated by a mesmerizing manipulation of smoke/fog, color, lighting and camera angles and further mood altered by a superb range of sound effects from eerie silence to haunting music.

The physics, humorously propped by Planck's Constant Cafe and a body tattoo showing a high energy particle collision, interjected itself with long philosophical discussions about the meaning of the Universe, of life and of intelligence and also acted as a metaphysical counterpoint to the so-called mysteries of life. Surprisingly, the science (physics) was spot on accurate - unusual for the mass appeal film industry.

Negative:
The collider tunnel collapse seemed like a tacky and inaccurate addition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 0FAME on June 4, 2011
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I read the reviews, since I love Sci Fi, I was hooked as soon as I found that part of the movie was Sci Fi oriented. However I was a bit turned off by he attempts to explain the movies "quirks."

But once I made the decision to watch it, it was just a matter of grabbing some Popcorn and allowing the movie to do what it was made to do; entertain me. And that's exactly what it did.

And better than that it was filled with something most movies made for profit don't have, few special effects, a simple storyline; that offers the viewer a challenge, and a plot that was totally complex and worth the investment of time and money.

Every aspect of the movie complimented the plot so well. The only thing was, I found myself wondering whey they didn't get off the road sooner. But everyone got exactly what they deserved, and the innocent lived happily ever after.

Do yourself a favor ignore the reviews that only compliment the writers ability to put so many words together and watch this move, you will be entertained.

Applauding as I leave the theater(my computer screen).
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