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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: May 24 2011

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Lunatic Marriage of Film Noir To Eccentric Sci-Fi: An Offbeat Choice And Something Different May 15 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
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.

A number of good character actors take on small roles including Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichter, and Delroy Lindo as the cops. But Sam Elliott is a scene stealer and Jimmi Simpson portrays a small, but pivotal, part to perfection. At the end of the day, few people will consider this a great film. But it is different. It takes classic genres with their requisite expectations and flips the script in some refreshing, if decidedly offbeat, ways. Billed as a thriller, I can't help appreciating the satirical elements in the film. I'm not sure that was anyone's intention, but ultimately by embracing the film's eccentricities--I had some fun with this one. If you take it too seriously, however, it might leave you a bit baffled. Not for everyone--but odd enough to please some--check this out for something off the beaten path. About 3 1/2 stars. I'll round up in deference to the lunacy of the plot. KGHarris, 5/11.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
It's A Raymond Chandler Evening June 8 2011
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Noir Humor June 23 2011
By G. Teslovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected. If Quentin Tarantino directed the movie "Southland Tales" this is what it would be like. Not bad. I say B- May 27 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A gal's perspective Dec 20 2011
By L - Published on Amazon.com
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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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