Newest Review: ... none the less and they keep the story going well. There are plenty of twists in this DVD for what seems like such a straight forwards plan... more
Big Nothing (DVD)
Member Name: rosie997
Big Nothing (DVD)
Advantages: A thriller with just the right amount of comedy and twists
For anyone who is a fan of David Schwimmer, the film "Big Nothing" has to on the top list of must sees. The director Jean-Bapiste Andrea sets a fairly ordinary scene of an average father who has lost his job as a teacher and can no longer provide for his wife and daughter. Out of desperation he takes a job at a call centre which is where he first encounters Gus (Simon Pegg, who is known for his performance in "hot fuzz"). Gus is later revealed to be an experienced con man, so has no trouble in enrolling Charlie in to the job of being his alibi. Gus has the details of a priest's habit to indulge in illegal porn sites and has planned to blackmail him. Charlie reluctantly agrees after hearing the reason for Simon's need of the money is to pay for treatment for his daughter who is going blind. This is later revealed to be just one of the many lies that Gus has used to con Charlie in to helping him.
As they plot the blackmail, Gus's ex, Josie (Alice Eve) overheard their plot and convinces them that she is needed to make the phone call with their demands to the priest. Both Gus, Charlie and Josie have carefully planned alibi's, but if this film was to have a motto it would have to be that even the most carefully planned out schemes can go wrong. And in this film every detail of their plan seems to back fire and makes the situation direr.
I must applaud Jean-Bapiste Andrea for the surprising plot twists that seem to lead to one accidental murder after another. With the element of surprise fixated from start to finish, it's enough to keep any viewer on their toes. Even though some of the tragic deaths may seem slightly predictable, it is worth watching and re watching them as the events that follow could not be foreseen.
I would have to describe "Big Nothing" as a thriller, but if you're a comedy lover this film is the one for you. With just the right amount of gore, a dash of irony, some humour to break the true tragedy the black mail plan becomes and a twist at the end that will leave you with a slight paranoia of ever trusting anyone, this film could be enjoyed by anyone.
David Schwimmer exceeded my expectations in a varied performance and was revealed to be the subject of my favourite ending twist. The character of Charlie truly showed a heart warming dedication to his daughter's happiness making the ending of the film even more effective.
Summary: A recently unemployed teacher out of desperation, joins in a blackmail scheme with Gus and Joisie.