A quirky, modern hard-boiled detective story with a very smart script and a solid cast, The Big Bang
has a lot going for it, but doesn’t quite live up to its title. The movie is great when it hits its stride, full of clever, noir-style dialogue and creative turns. For all the pulpy, near-hallucinogenic material handed to him on paper, though, director Tony Krantz embraces a surprisingly modest tone, undercutting a lot of the film’s own energy -- which is somewhat ironic for a movie with an ongoing theme about quantum physics.
We open on private detective Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) being interrogated by three strong-arm cops (Thomas Kretschmann, Will...