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Antonio Banderas isn't a bad actor. I'm not necessarily a big fan, but I'll admit that he can be fairly efficient with his line deliveries. However, for some weird reason, I had trouble understanding a lot of what he was saying in BANG. I don't know if he was trying to speak in some sort of cool, slick way, but the accent got pretty muddled and also got on my nerves. Surprisingly, Mr. Banderas is not the only well-known actor attempting to make lemonade out of this lemon. There's Sam Elliot showing up towards the ending sporting horrifically long grey hair. Snoop Dogg makes a cameo that was supposed to be comical, but the dude's got about as much range as Tara Reid. The always great William Fichtner is completely wasted as some throwaway interrogator.
I will say that it was nice seeing the gorgeous Autumn Reeser (from that horrible LOST BOYS sequel) mixing things up as this brainy, but extremely sexual, waitress. She has a pretty amazing nude scene (possibly her first very clear one) where she's giving it to Antonio (which was a little weird considering he's probably old enough to be her daddy). But what really pissed me off about Autumn in all her glory was that she has these extremely strange and distracting line tattoos all over her chest and stomach area. I understand that the point of the tats were meant to be a comedic device to further show Reeser's character's braininess, but it didn't fit well within the proceedings. If you're gonna get a girl as hot as Autumn to do a major nude scene, you'd best NOT purposely f*ck with the look of her au naturel goods.
The severe defacing of Autumn's pretty parts is a prime example of what is wrong with BIG BANG and why I didn't like it. There are some very talented actors as well as a cool enough, R-rated concept here. Yet the filmmakers seem to feel like they need to add all this offbeat humor and odd quirkiness for the sake of, I don't know... being different? My point is, there is all this unnecessary exposition added to a bunch of things that just don't need it. Why? Well, I'm just glad I don't have to sit through it again (Ms. Reeser's sex scene excluded). I also just realized that there is a "Big Bang" (epic lay), so perhaps the flick's title was... uh, nah, it wasn't (didn't nearly last long enough to be epic).
Audio English dolby digital with English and Spanish subtitles.
A Making Of featurette.
A couple of Extended Scenes.