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Reisberg’s indie film is a grand disappointment.

 

 

Imagine for a moment you realize your life is about to change forever. The people, the life, even the activities you once knew and partook in will now be just a thought in the wind. What would you do? Would you cry in some corner or confront it head-on? If you’re Craig, you lie to your girlfriend and take on the open road in a solo road trip to visit the world’s largest things across the southern United States.

 

 

Everything seems simple enough, young man starting life, possibly hesitant and fearful. But Bryan Reisberg’s little indie is much more than what meets the surface. Craig, played by Harry Lloyd, is at his core a scared little boy, hiding from his impending responsibilities as a young father, buying and moving into a house in San Francisco with his girlfriend Allison (Elizabeth Gray). His actions appear selfish and downright unappealing, but sometimes people just need to be by themselves when facing a life change.

 

 

The plot is barebones at best and the writing is simple. If you’re looking for mind-blowing performances, a unique cast of characters and great set pieces, this film is not for you. The story is slow; nothing happens and at times it loses its way.

 

 

As the film falls apart, Craig is clearly lost trying to fit in with the random people he meets along the way. From the very beginning, he’s having an identity crisis, lingering behind anyone he talks to in hopes of making a lasting connection. He’s a people pleaser, almost in a creepy way, but this is juxtaposed against how he treats his girlfriend; the lying, the short answers. This identity crisis makes it hard to truly understand the character and whether he’s even likable. He purchases alcohol for minors in hopes of conversation, yet he refuses to communicate with his girlfriend who is forced to believe his lies. As a result, it’s a struggle to feel sympathetic towards him and makes the audience question “who is the real Craig?”

 

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Unfortunately, the script is not very strong. There are no stand out performances and, at times, it tries too hard to be what it’s not: introspective and deep. The film is filled with a lot of silence and empty stares that would make Bella Swan proud. The audience is forced to come to their own conclusions about what awaits Craig when he returns home and what’s going on in his head. While open-ended films can work wonderfully (Inception for example), Big Significant Things never engages its audience, or takes any chances to fully commit to anything, much like Craig’s life. This, at times, can be frustrating and scenes of pure silence which seem to drag on forever don’t really help.

 

 

Big Significant Things tries its best to be something it’s not. Despite the many opportunities presented, the film is simply a test in patience with no payoff, which is disappointing since it could have a lot to say about how we psychologically view and handle life’s many curves; but just like Craig, maybe its screenwriter was too afraid to do so.

 

 

So many opportunities are wasted; even the rich landscape of the south is replaced with dead dry environments, making the audience feel even more isolated and unpleasant. There are so many things this film could have been; sadly it doesn’t have much to say about anything and what it does say is screaming with convolution. It never captures the audience, making them care about Craig let alone any of the characters. The message of the film is that sometimes there are no answers, but Big Significant Things wastes time never getting to that point.

 

Directed By: Bryan Reisberg

Written By: Bryan Reisberg

Starring: Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen, Sylvia Grace Crim

Release Date: July 24, 2015

Run Time: 84 minutes

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Dana Abercrombie
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Former genius and a woman of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by her mystery, Dana Abercrombie has been watching since birth (yes birth...we did say "genius"). Despite her secret desire of wanting to give it all up to become a gorgeous billionaire, Dana is most passionate about films often times getting in many heated debates resulting in being thrown out of many gatherings. Despite having a degree in English AND Journalism (multi-tasking FTW!) from the University at Albany-SUNY, she is currently interested in perusing a degree at Yale Law School, because one should never give up on a dream of becoming a gorgeous billionaire...and knowing how to sue someone as a result of those heated debates.