- Actors: Ben Barnes, Andrei Chadov
- Directors: Suzie Halewood
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: High Fliers
- DVD Release Date: 22 Jun. 2009
- Run Time: 82 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0020NNEYY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,685 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Bigga Than Ben [DVD] 
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Based on the best selling diaries by two self confessed "pieces of Moscow scum" who produced their own rough guide to London. This dark comedy is the tale of two likeable but wayward young Russian immigrants who come to London do amass an easy fortune. But it s not too long before Spiker (Ben Barnes) and Cobakka (Andrei Chadov) realise that legally they are not going to get very far. So aided by the dodgy Artash they learn to shoplift, rip off banks, joyride ride on the tube and turn mobile phones in to crack. Finding themselves drawn into the shadowy underworld life begins to turn sour and the highs begin to fade. When Spiker begins to fall prey to the easy drugs Cobakka is forced to making some life-changing decisions. Special Features: Making of Bigga Than Ben
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Top Customer Reviews
Two Russians come to London intent on ripping the place off - first legitimately, then by any and all means necessary. Like all travelers who come to the lovely UK, they're unprepared for the weather, the sheer expense and especially as regards London - the mass disinterest in their plight. God knows how but our two Russian heroes, in spite of being racist opportunists, soon learn that the only people who can help them are those who live outside the system like themselves. Unlike most London based films, there are no Oxo tower shots or posh people in wheelchairs. The normally clean-cut Ben Barnes and his sidekick Chadov are a great pair who slowly win you over to the point where you feel sorry for them. Nothing goes as planned, but still they persevere even when all the odds are stacked up against them. Fast-paced, very funny, this is a beautifully shot look at the very ugly underbelly of London that most of the tourists (or city-dwellers) never see.
A sideways look at the British underclass in all its bigoted glory, Bigga Than Ben is very obviously an attempt to do Trainspotting for the 21st Century: black(ish) humour, freeze-frame cinematography, mildly humorous subtitles and quirky "played-for-the-camera" acting. The two protagonists, played by Ben Barnes and Andrey Chadov certainly have the cheeky charm of Rentboy Renton and Spud Murphy and they do their job well. Unfortunately the film doesn't quite live up to its promises and the comedy falls a little flat. The plot lacks a clear direction, the moral of the story is neither particularly strong or clear and, by the time you get to the end, there is little closure to the affair.
I found the characters to be stereotyped: the English obsession with illegal immigrants and asylum seekers is a strong theme - we're not ALL Daily Mail readers, honestly! However, the nice little twist here was that most of the xenophobic Brits in the film were themselves "ethnics", be they black, Asian, Irish or from oop North (sorry - I jest).
Beware, there is drug use, shoplifting and bad language aplenty. The dialogue is also a little hard to follow (probably intentionally so) and I ended up watching this with the subtitles going.
Mildly diverting, Bigga Than Ben is worth a watch, but probably doesn't demand a special trip to the video rental shop.
The film is also dark and very much shows the bad, and ugly side of London or any large city, the lack of care, drugs, grotty rooms to sleep in - I loved the garden shed best!
Ben Barnes is a very good actor - believeable in each role he plays, and not one to be type cast, which is great. if only we could have more films like this - cheap to make / low budget (optional) and good actors (which we have). We don't need Hollywood when we have films like this on our doorsteps.
For a disc that is made in 2011 it is pathetic that a DVD company is 1) releasing non-anamorphic titles, and 2) promoting false details on the packaging.
Disappointed that no one has been able to provide this level of detail on this DVD in previous posts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny and sweet movie. Ben is so young and cute;-))) and this language..... I had a lot of fun:-)Published on 6 Mar. 2015 by Katarzyna Gotowiec
Great film, well acted. The film whilst sad showing how difficult it is to live with no money/income has some superb humour as well.Published on 31 Oct. 2014 by Pamela Mold
highly recomend this very funny film....laugh out loud moments throughout ...watch out for the cash back scene...hilarious !Published on 3 Nov. 2010 by avid reader