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 Elliott), 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. --(c) Anchor Bay

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Autumn Reeser
as Fay Neman
Sam Elliott
as Simon Kestral
Jimmi Simpson
as Niels Geck
Sienna Guillory
as Julie Kestral/Lexie Persimmon
Robert Maillet
as Anton "The Pro" Protopov
Bill Duke
as Drummer
Rebecca Mader
as Zooey Wigner
Rachel Handler
as Minkowski's Stripper
Sean Cook
as Bartender
Tracy Culp
as Female Porn Star
Khanh Doan
as Mail Carrier
Anthony Holmes
as Jazz Band Member
Lindel Reason
as Jazz Band Member
Carlos Verde, Jr.
as Jazz Band Member
Al Martinez
as Janitor
Chandra Bailey
as Stripper in Minkowski's
Janelle Hoffmeister
as Stripper in Minkowski's
Kristi Klicker
as Stripper in Minkowski's
Katrina McKinley
as Stripper in Minkowski's
Adrienne Thommes
as Stripper in Minkowski's
Bill Marlowe
as Skinny Faddeey
Devin Barber
as Russian Orthodox Priest
Robert Martin
as LAPD Cop
Sandra Kidd
as Mourner
Jim Shorts
as Mourner
Jim Short
as Mourner
John Pritchard
as Male Porn Star
Shane Rice
as Male Porn Star
Vance Auroro
as Boom Operator
Reece Pearson
as Clapper Guy
Jason Penrod
as Man in White Robe
Tye Scott
as Man in White Robe
Brent Schneider
as Hospital Intern
Courtney Yarber
as Hospital Intern
Laura Van Der Lind
as Kepler's Waitress
Lance Ortega
as Sikh in Planck's Cafe
Laynee Busse
as Planck's Cafe Waitress
Mike Molan
as Warden
Brad Hollibaugh
as Prison Guard
Balkar Singh
as Sikh in Collider
Darbara Singh
as Sikh in Collider
Amandeep Kaur
as Hindu Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bang

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (13)

  • Where else can you see a movie where a sexy waitress says, "Reality is just a wave function"?

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • For a noir, the film is way too talky and convoluted, yet for a physics lesson, it's trash.

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Is Antonio Banderas's career really such a big bust? On the one hand, it's a shame to see a talented guy slumming in this budget-bin thriller. On the other, it'd be entirely unwatchable without him.

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Even with Antonio Banderas leading a cast of familiar faces, the movie never rises above a style-over-substance exercise.

    May 12, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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."

    May 12, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    May 11, 2011 | Full Review…

    Andrew Barker

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Big Bang

  • Nov 11, 2013
    Watchable, but just barely. It must have been an intriguing script, because it attracted talent who surely had other options. So, let's pin the blame on a pretentious director who was totally NOT in control of his material. This started out interesting, and quirky, but went downhill at lightening speed. What a waste of talent...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2013
    This must be my Bad Movie week. This one sucks, making 2 in a row. 3=19=13 1 star
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2012
    This film definitely took me by surprise. It kind of reminded me a little bit like Sin City and little bit like Southland Tales. The film has great special effects. The film is very colorful. The opening reminded me of the opening of No Way Out. The end of the film kind of reminded me a little bit of the ending from The Cooler. Antonio Banderas is great in the P.I. role. William Fichtner, Delroy Lindo, and Thomas Kretschmann are great as the cops in the film. Sam Elliot provides some good supporting work here. Snoop Dog is also good in his supporting role. Even Robert Maillet, who was great in Sherlock Holmes, does a great job here. I definitely recommend this unique film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    An L.A. private eye (Antonio Banderas) goes looking for a missing stripper and uncovers a twisted plot involving the Russian mob, stolen diamonds, and the search for the God particle. The extreme stylization and ultra-quirky twists with will make it just watchable for some but completely intolerable for others. Film noir fans won't be fans of this: the faux-Raymond Chandler narration is pathetic, and other than ethnicity Banderas brings nothing new to the hard-boiled detective character.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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