Saturday, January 21, 2012

Big Trouble

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Big Trouble - 4 out of 5

That's the same look I had on my face when I watched
Wild Hogs.

It's very rare that I will say I enjoy a film, show or any project that involves Tim Allen but Big Trouble is freaking hilarious.  Hell, when he's not an animated Space Ranger toy, I usually won't give his movies a shot.  Originally set to be released in September of 2001, the attacks of 9/11 pushed the film back to until April 2002.  This push caused the film to be almost ignored by the general public and critics alike and it became a box office flop.  Thanks a lot, terrorists.

This is Patrick Warburton's serious face...seriously, he doesn't care for the term "Grease Monkey."

If you found the idea of these two having their hands on
a nuclear device a tad far fetched, remember, George W. Bush
had control of nuclear devices.  Not so far fetched now, eh?
Despite nearly widespread avoidance of the film, I saw it when it was in theaters and I liked it.  Hell, I still like it.  The movie revolves an eclectic cast of characters who all get involved in some national trouble as a couple of bumbling idiots get their hands on a nuclear device.  The main focus of the film is about a writer turned advertiser named Eliot.  Eliot, after his son gets him involved with the Herk family, finds himself having to step up and be the hero to stop Snake and Eddie (played by Tom Sizemore and Johnny Knoxville) as they are able to smuggle the nuclear device (and these two smart fellows are unaware of it being a bomb of the nuclear order) onto a plane for the Bahamas.  If Eliot can't stop them, Special Agents Greer and Seitz (played by Heavy D--without his Boyz--and Omar Epps) have the authority to blast them out of the sky.  While all this is going on, two hitmen (Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler) are contracted to take out the head of the Herk family; Arthur, because he was embezzling money from his company--and once he realized his head was being warmed to be placed upon a platter, he visits a local Russian arms dealer to buy a rocket but is sold the nuclear device instead.  While all this is going on, two police officers (Patrick Warbuton and Janeane Garofalo) get caught up in the mix, a homeless man named Puggy (Jason Lee) starts to make friends with the Herk's maid (Sofia Vergara) and the matriarch of the Herk family (Rene Russo) falls for our hero Eliot.  Also, Andy Richter plays not one, but two roles that may be short but almost stole the film.

I wished Andy's movie career would have lasted a little longer.

There's a lot of shit going on in this movie and a whole lot of funny.  But should that surprise you?  The guy who gave us The Addams Family, Get Shorty and The Men in Black Trilogy is behind the camera (we'll ignore this same man gave us Wild, Wild West and RV).  Barry Sonnenfeld is a fantastic director when it comes to such chaotic comedies.  His use of creative tight shots, dynamic camera movements and actor placements within scenes give the film a unique, almost cartoon-ish quality that makes the idea of two idiots accidentally arming a nuclear bomb with the possibility of it going off and killing millions of people seem fun and less frightening.

There's a reason for the white stuff on Tucci's face and it's not what you think it is, you pervert.

Earl, the pre-white trash years.
To top it off, the cast is unbeatable.  There isn't a single actor within this film that doesn't carry their weight and help make this movie funny.  This is especially amazing when you consider the fact that Tim Allen is in it with the man who seems to be trying to catch up to Nic Cage on the overacting spectrum; Ben Foster, and (in my opinion) the immensely overrated Zooey Deschanel (although in her defense, this move came out before she decided that acting meant keeping your mouth and eyes wide open at all times and only take parts as the glorified unique hipster who plays by her own rules).  While the film may be about Eliot, each character brings something to the table to keep the story and the funny flowing like a river of...like a river of something really cool (I ran out of Metaphor Points or MP--okay, I know that last thing was actually a simile but I couldn't pull out the nerd joke about MP with the word "simile"). 

Rest in Peace, Heavy D...you will live on in this film...and you were great in it!

I ran out of jokes for these captions.  Just look at it.
Big Trouble, in a nutshell--or a steal suitcase perfect for hauling nuclear bombs--is just an all-around funny and entertaining film that, due to unfortunate events, slipped under the radar, like smuggling a nail-clipper onto a plane.  Only this movie slipping past security didn't cause the plane to be prematurely landed and then the film got a full-body cavity search before being placed on the "No Fly" list.  When this movie got pushed back almost a year, the terrorists truly won.

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