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The Big Empty (2003)

Cast: Jon Favreau, Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, more...
Director: Steve Anderson, Steve Anderson
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Comedies, Black Comedy, Neo Noir
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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A guy looking for easy money gets a lot more than he bargained for in this noir-flavored independent comedy. John Person (Jon Favreau) is a struggling actor living in Los Angeles who is starting to buckle under the pressure of his own failures. With no acting jobs coming in and a massive credit card debt to pay off, John works part-time as a courier but needs a big payday if he's ever going to get back on his feet. Out of the blue, a strange man in the neighborhood makes John an offer that seems too good to be true -- in exchange for delivering a suitcase to a man in Baker, CA (midway between L.A. and Las Vegas), John will receive $27,000 in cash. John's first tip off that something odd is going on comes when, along with the suitcase, he's given a loaded gun and instructions to defend the package with his life if necessary, but he's just desperate enough to go along. However, things become more complicated when John misses his connection in Baker; he's suddenly followed by a number of threatening eccentrics, is informed by an FBI agent that his benefactor in L.A. has become the victim of a grisly murder, and incurs the wrath of Cowboy (Sean Bean), the ominous trucker who was supposed to pick up the suitcase. The Big Empty features a stellar supporting cast, including Kelsey Grammer, Melora Walters, Daryl Hannah, Joey Lauren Adams, and Rachael Leigh Cook. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Director's Commentary
  • Making of The Big Empty
  • The Big Empty Picture Show with commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary
  • Alternate and extended scenes with commentary
  • Gag Reel
  • Costume Gallery
  • Trailer Gallery

GreenCine Member Reviews

Darryl and Maude by squad January 12, 2005 - 9:51 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Originally found this film because of Jon Favreau's "Dinner for Five" on the Independent Film Channel. I wanted to see if this guy could act, so to speak. I liked the trailer, and also I wanted to see Bud Cort again (Harold in "Harold and Maude"). Some stand-outs for me in this film were: 1. Amazing use of dust as a lighting effect (compare with smoke or fog). 2. Darryl Hannah was completely unrecognizable and it wasn't until preparing to review "Big Empty" that I realized she was the bartender, a character I liked. There is something to be said for an actor who can effectively hide her identity. 3. A really good over all feel for the desert location. Maybe there should be an award for "best supporting roll by a dry lake bed". The cast were obviously in it for the fun of making an independent film, being kind of out-there and goofy. The gals were all eye candy in the best possible sense. The guys didn't disappoint either with Favreau, Cort, and Beach all letting their presence shine. Supporting roles were all well done. Cinematography was crisp and creative. Finally, the resourcefulness of the film using lighting, props, and location to suggest big time ("Close Encounters of the Third Kind") happenings on a low budget was refreshing. Very quality piece of work and an amusing tale. Fun.

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(Average 5.30)
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