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The Big Bang: movie review

Antonio Banderas plays a private detective with a seemingly simple assignment that turns into a nutty escapade in 'The Big Bang.'

By Peter RainerFilm critic / May 13, 2011



Are there any new changes that can be wrung on the film noir genre? How about a noir with the “God particle” as the prize?

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Tony Krantz’s “The Big Bang,” written by Erik Jendresen, isn’t overwhelmingly good, but it’s just nutty enough to keep you watching. Antonio Banderas plays Ned Cruz, a Los Angeles private eye who becomes embroiled in shady dealings involving a Russian boxer, a porn producer, a kinky movie star, crooked cops, and a wacked-out billionaire (Sam Elliott) financing a search for the particle using a high-speed accelerator beneath the New Mexico desert.

Where else can you see a movie where a sexy waitress says, “Reality is just a wave function”? Grade: B (Rated R for some strong sexual content, nudity, violence, and language.)

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