The Big Bang stars Antonia Banderas (Desperado
) as Nic Cruz, a world-weary private detective at the end of his tether. He is approached by Anton 'The Pro' Protopov (Robert Maillet - the 7ft man-giant from Sherlock Holmes
) a boxer that on his sudden & mysterious release from a life-sentence wants nothing more than to track down his pen-pal-come-girlfriend, Lexi - a former stripper who has $30m worth of Anton's diamonds. Naturally, Anton wants to finally meet the beautiful Lexi (Sienna Guillory - RE: Afterlife
) and reclaim his diamonds but needs Cruz's help in tracking her down.
When Cruz's search for Lexi leads him to the near ghost-town of San Celeritas in New Mexico, a town owned by Kestral Atomics & run by the acid-dropping, pot-smoking, nuclear physicist Sam Kestral (played by the sublime Sam Elliot - The Big Lebowski
) a man who has built a huge proton-beam collider under the New Mexico desert in an attempt to find the elusive Higgs Boson or "God" particle; the case turns out to be more than a missing person investigation, it may just be the end of the world...
The Big Bang is a film-noir style P.I. story, but drops the high-contrast black & white cinematography but retains the protagonist's internal monologues. The first thing about TBB is just how well filmed it is. It is a beautiful cinematic experience that has some art-house style shots of surreal indigo skies whilst Cruz drives through the desert in his retro-styled electric car. There is also a fair element of burlesque (looking for a stripper, their search encompasses clubs) and the camera work around the spotlight through smoke was a real highlight. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy the story, this is one fantastically shot film - credit to the director, Tony Krantz, for putting together a truly picturesque experience.
TBB has numerous cameos & bit-parts from some household names; James van der Beek (Dawson's Creek
), Snoop Dogg (Starsky & Hutch
), William Fichtner (The Dark Knight
) amongst others. The acting is solid and the script is well written with a couple of twists & turns you won't see coming. There is a strong element of particle physics in this film with one of the characters even explaining the constituent parts of an atom (right the way down to gluons & quarks) during sex. Interesting, but a little random. Despite the rather heavy astrophysical & metaphysical explanations for some of the story it held my attention for the duration, clocking in at 96 minutes.
All in all, an excellent performance from Banderas, a great story - if a little too suspended in fiction - and beautifully shot. Recommended for a truly unique cinematic experience!