The Big Bang [Blu-ray]
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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 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.Read more ›
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).
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.
The collider tunnel collapse seemed like a tacky and inaccurate addition.
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What a waste! Was hoping it would get better as it went along. Could only watch 1/2 of it and that was fast forwarding it.Published 11 months ago by Sheila Andrade
If you like Antonio Banderas .Then need for your collectionPublished on July 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Terry E. Decker