Big Nothing

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2006

Directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea

Of all the things to find in a well made, lesser known film, two recognizable faces starring as a comedic duo is likely not to be high on the list. Such is the case with Big Nothing as David Schwimmer (Friends) and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) portray Charlie and Gus, two guys who attempt to blackmail a man of the cloth for his frequenting a child porn site. This simple plan goes awry as a result of both the buffoonery of the characters and the intricate mess they have waltzed into.

Big Nothing begins as though it were a feel good comedy: the redemption of an intelligent man’s career so he may provide for his family. Once the plan to blackmail is hatched, the tone takes a turn to the dark side foreshadowing events to come. As the film progresses, the comedic elements are substituted for death and shock. By the end, the audience will be left empty and speechless, yet with somewhat of a sense of closure to the story.

This film features outstanding performances, especially from Pegg who takes on an interesting American-esque accent. Alice Eve (The Raven) joins on as the third cohort shortly after the plan is hatched. She brings an element of common sense and mystery to the seemingly simple characters of Charlie and Gus.

The direction of Jean-Baptiste Andrea was powerful and in many ways comparable to his previous film, Dead End. This film was able to retain originality and convey emotion to the audience. If a film can evoke happiness, laughter, and emptiness within an eighty-some minute runtime, then that film is likely one worth watching.

Rating: 9/10

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