The Big Bang
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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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"The Big Bang," however, does. It's got drama, some truly interesting characters, a fortune in missing diamonds, ruminations on particle physics, a nice plot twist, humor, and some very good performances by a cast full of veteran actors ranging from Antonio Banderas to Sam Elliot.
The movie is an homage to Raymond Chandler and other mystery writers of the Thirties and Forties. If you are a fan of those novels, and the movies that were based on them, you'll recognize some of the characters and plot points. Banderas, for example, plays private detective Ned Cruz who has grown a little world weary, wondering what his life is all about when, on one night, a very large Russian boxer demands that he take a case. Cruz doesn't want to do it but is persuaded to do so because the Russian is willing to pay him a lot of money and because it involves finding a beautiful woman who has written to the boxer when he was in prison.
If you think this sounds a lot like "Murder, My Sweet" starring Dick Powell back in the day, you're right.
Cruz eventually finds the woman, a former stripper and porn star who is now the wife of an eccentric billionaire searching for what physicists call "The God Particle." Things get a little weird - in a good way - after that.
Much of the action takes place in a small room where Cruz is being interrogated by three cops. Straight out of crime dramas from the late Forties and early Fifties, this is a brutal interrogation and Cruz gets smacked around a bit during it but generally manages to keep his cool. In a series of flashbacks he tells the cops how he ended up both temporarily blind and in their custody. He convinces them to let him guide them to a place where millions of dollars worth of diamonds are hidden and the story switches to the present tense from then on.
This is not an overly violent movie, though a lot of violence is implied. It is also a pretty sexy one, including one scene in which Cruz and a waitress with some bizarre tattoos that are based on particle physics make love in a motel. Although erotic, it's also laced with humor.
It's not a mainstream movie but, for my money, this is an inventive and very enjoyable film.
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).
In actuality, it's a cross between Pulp Fiction, Dr. Strangelove, and Hitchcock on LSD.
If there is a moral to the story, it is that Reality isn't optional; our own weirdness cannot outrun Reality; Reality always catches up with us; and, if you screw with the limits of Reality, things aren't going to end well.
This movie is weird without being edgy, and strange without going into the twilight Zone. It's visually pleasing. The action is well paced. The storyline is predictable, but off key enough to keep you guessing. And even if you guess right, it doesn't turn out the way you expected. Not even remotely.
In short, it's highly entertaining. It's a masterpiece in a new genre. And the ending was better than anything I could have imagined, plus I haven't laughed that hard in a long while.
This could only work so well because the director knew what he was doing, the camera crew was top line, the film editor nailed it perfectly, and the actors are all first class. Kudos to everyone on this project.