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The Big Bang

HD   R Closed Captioning

Tony Krantz

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Plot Summary

Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO) 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 of VARSITY BLUES), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (platinum-selling hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (Autumn Reeser of TV's NO ORDINARY FAMILY). 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 a reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliott of THE BIG LEBOWSKI), and his physicist, who are 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 case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 2.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: I have a mental picture of the film's creators, stoned out of their minds on who knows what, cackling crazily as they outline a movie that would have more appropriately been titled "The Big Goof." – Stephen Holden, New York Times, May 12, 2011

Rotten: The Big Bang is a borderline unintelligible, scattershot attempt at Lynchian neo-noir that takes intellectual and aesthetic risks it has no reasonable hope of pulling off. – Andrew Barker, Variety, May 11, 2011

Rotten: Even with Antonio Banderas leading a cast of familiar faces, the movie never rises above a style-over-substance exercise. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2011

Rotten: A big disappointment for fans of Antonio Banderas and film noir. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, May 9, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Not for everyone

This is an odd, small film with strange characters. It's NOT for everyone. If you're looking for an action film, this is not an acton film at all. It's a quirky B detective film with a very strange sense of humor and a very stylized comic book vibe. It has a slow burn of a storyline, that even though it's somewhat predictable, is very watchable. I enjoyed the hell of it, but I'm 40 years old, I love black and white comic books drawn by Frank Miller, and I love old detective movies. I knew I was going to like this film the moment the spot light stretched across the room in a way that I've never seen before. It was just cool. The film has some surprises in the visuals. I gave it 5 stars because of the look of the film.

Quirky but worthwhile

A film noir physics lesson. Not many movies mention the Higgs boson, but this one does, in the midst of a search for a missing woman who disappoints on both accounts. Not a flick for those who are addicted to standard Hollywood faire. We enjoyed it.

A great film

Having checked out a bunch of very negative reviews I nearly didn't rent this. Then I watched the trailer and thought it looked worth a shot. Glad I did. A great movie. Some cool effects for the sake of it; a cool style that enhances the movie, a great plot that you have to work with; great characters and very well cast. I don't think it was ever meant to be a true film noir as has been the recurring comment. It's tongue in cheek, it's cheeky and it's funny.
I'm goona buy it. Love it.