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:: The Big Empty

An out-of-work actor with a messenger job transporting film scripts, John (Jon Favreau) dreams of getting his big break and paying off his debts. He picks up a shady job delivering a mysterious suitcase to a desert location, and finds himself in the middle of a bizarre adventure.

Inexperienced director-writer Steve Anderson obviously aimed at a comic melding of Donnie Darko and The X-Files, but while it has a certain charm and a strong cast, it’s essentially car-crash viewing. Although some dialogue is a little muted, the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is vibrant (stereo is also available), boosting the shock at the climax. Good extras include a Making of… commentary, stills, deleted scenes, alternative ending, gag-reel and Spanish subtitles.

The Big Empty is quirky but not a full-on comedy. If you watch it with a group, there will be plenty of discussion afterwards. However, it is an imaginative independent film for people who like movies that walk on the weird side.

DVD Extras

Director Commentary
Making of Documentary
Picture Gallery
Deleted Scenes
Extended Scenes
Gag Reel
Costune Gallery
Trailer Gallery