Big Nothing Reviews
Big Nothing would have been a league better if the writer-director stayed close to this theme, filling in the details of the plot from the first hour-- with the characters' taking in the gravity of their choices. The plot swings for the fences and then runs the bases carefully, keeping a feeling of plausible cause-and-effect until the last 20 minutes where the prospect of a second serial killer feels like a mangled O'Henry touch. This undercuts a thriller which had distinguished itself by balancing comedy and suspense exactly right, so you could believe what was happening in each category was not there for comic relief or to keep an audience from getting bored.
The three leads are all good, and two have avoided big pitfalls. Schwimmer plays his role with agility to not sink like a sad sack, and Simon Pegg, with his hard-to-place American accent, seems like a familiar and unwicked type of person no matter how much his motives are revealed. For an English movie shot by a French director in Canada and Wales, the setting seems American enough, an updating of Jim Thompson's world to include most of a small town employed at a call center. And the characters here are all smarter than you would think if you tried to look at them only through the surroundings where each has immediately put themselves; this is also a very American thing that Brits don't usually get.
A likeable Independent black comedy, which I feel could really grow on you with each viewing.
Schwimmer and Pegg team up to make a good pairing here and the forever growing problems that occur throughout the story are certainly worth raising a chuckle for.
Charlie is an ex-teacher turned reluctant call center employee who gets fired on the first day. Distraught on being unable to provide for his daughter Emily and cop wife, Penelope, he is suddenly contacted by Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash: Blackmail Reverend Smalls a man of the cloth, who's frequently turned up in the company database of visitors to illegal porn-sites. Gus plans on extorting Reverend Smalls, with the intention of publicly exposing his secret shame, should he refuse, with this scandal potentially destroying the man's career. Normally cautious Charlie, is keen on participating in this scam, confident that with this money maker he'll garner from the deal and will finally help turn things around for him and his family. Joined by one-time teenage pageant queen Josie McBroom Gus's ex, the plan goes ahead...but it all goes wrong as Reverend Smalls dies...thanks to this trio, with this only being the start of their troubles.
Great comedy, with a lot of twists and turns and laughter throughout the entire film. Never know who is telling the truth, or what is going to happen next. David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg were great together. Movie is definitely not boring, but it really doesn't give you a chance to be. Just when you think you know how it's going to end, another twisting surprise happens and your on a new path. It was just a fun movie with some really quirky characters. Some may not like how many times the story changes and the directions it takes, but I thought it was a lot different then most films and that it kept it interesting. So in closing, this movie takes you on a ride of twists and turn with some laughs along the way. A fun watch.
Although this movie is pretty damn predictable and obvious the talented Shwimmer and Pegg brought fantastic and hilarious performances to the movie!
So its differnatly worth a watch!
Shwimmer plays a man who is unemployed and desperate for money and when he finally gets a job at a call centre he meets a guy (pegg) who can solve all of his problems by doing a scam, through a hilarious and real problem with problems arriving left right and centre you find out is anyone truly to be trusted?
A nice black comedy to watch just keep in mind that the story and plot arent that brilliant but is enjoyable!
The cinematography has some strange split screen scenes that feel very weird. Some of the small screens are made in a fine "A Scanner Darkly" animated style.
The film has too many plot twists so in the end "Big Nothing" drowns in its own cleverness. Some good dialogue here and there but the film is also too inconsistent.
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[font=Century Gothic]"Big Nothing" is an amusing caper comedy that suffers from an unappealing David Schwimmer in the lead, but Simon Pegg and Alice Eve pick up the slack nicely. The movie is unpredictable(most of the twists are due to criminal stupidity and a very small town) but does not really come together until it gets truly serious towards the end. Scattered throughout, there are religious themes, especially where temptation is concerned . And it should be noted that Charlie may be out to prove himself since his wife supports their family by working in a mostly male profession. [/font]