The Big Empty - Press Archive - AFI Review
- Steve Anderson's debut feature is a sun-baked modern noir.
- Jon Favreau plays an out-of-work actor trying to make sense of a
- blue suitcase, 75 missing people, a neighbor who loses his head
- and a cryptic cowboy.
- Deep in debt, John Person (Favreau) accepts a high-paying courier
- job from alien-obsessed Neeley (Bud Cort). Ignoring the misgivings
- of his neighbor Grace (Joey Lauren Adams), John heads to a fateful
- meeting in the desert town of Baker, California. He keeps missing
- connections with the mysterious Cowboy (Sean Bean), instead crossing
- paths with a flirtatious teen (Rachel Leigh Cook), her hotheaded
- boyfriend (Adam Beach), a bartender (Daryl Hannah) and an FBI agent
- investigating a serial killer (Kelsey Grammer).
- Writer/director Anderson introduces familiar characters and situations
- but imbues them with a fatalistic sense of humor and a twisted view of
- danger. Everything points toward a memorable ending in "the big empty"
- of the California desert.
- Peter Martin