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Is 'brain-damaged' a movie critic compliment?

Here we go again: Another Spokane-made movie, direct to DVD, complete with atrocious reviews.

"The Big Bang," the Antonio Banderas movie shot here in fall 2009, came out on DVD last week and the critics have been merrily brutalizing it.

Andrew Barker of Variety called it  "unintelligible," scattershot" and "a Lynchian neo-noir that takes intellectual and aesthetic risks it has no reasonable attempt at pulling off."

Stephen Holden of the New York Times called it "a low point for Mr. Banderas, who is painfully miscast as a tough guy and whose Spanish accent has never been more of an impediment."

Other top critics called it "trash," "budget-bin" and "bleary."

Leave it to Rex Reed of the New York Observer to muster the most vituperation, calling it "brain-damaged, inept, unsupervised and moronic."

Check out a collection of reviews here, on Rotten Tomatoes.

What? You say you don't trust those snooty film reviewers? The general public hasn't been kind either, with a 2.5 star audience rating (out of five) on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 5.5 rating out of 10 on IMDB.

I would see this movie for myself , except I still haven't recovered from the trauma of watching three other Spokane filmed movies, "Give 'em Hell, Malone" with Thomas Jane , "Wrong Turn at Tahoe," with Cuba Gooding Jr., and "Lies & Illusions" with Christian Slater. 

And that was more than a year ago.




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Jim Kershner
is a senior correspondent who writes for the Today section.





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