The Big Empty (2003)

Feature Film | Sci-Fi Comedy-Mystery | USA | English | 1h34m
Dir: Steve Anderson | Scr: Steve Anderson | Ph: Chris Manley | Prod: Gregg L. Daniel, Steven G. Kaplan, Doug Mankoff, & Andrew Spaulding | Mus: Brian Tyler | Ed: Scot Scalise | PD: Aaron Osborne | AD: Erin Cochran | Snd: Clancy T. Troutman | Cast: Jon Favreau, Rachael Leigh Cook, Joey Lauren Adams, Sean Bean, Adam Beach, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Gries, Daryl Hannah, Gary Farmer, Brent Briscoe, Melora Walters, Bud Cort

In Anderson’s hugely entertaining sci-fi comedy-mystery, a struggling actor, $27K and change in debt, agrees to courier a mysterious blue suitcase out to the desert to a man named Cowboy for $27K and change, but this seemingly simple, though decidedly dodgy, deal becomes complicated by a hard-drinking nymphet, her jealousy-crazed boyfriend, a truck stop full of UFO nuts, a rather scary client, an unnerving FBI agent, and a murdered, headless neighbour. Filled with wonderful comic detail and a raft of enjoyable cameos, The Big Empty is a film that tends to improve with subsequent viewings.