TAD13 Review: Big Ass Spider

Posted by Pam October 22, 2013 0 Comment 3819 views

Part of the Toronto After Dark 2013 Festival, Big Ass Spider from Director Mike Mendez delivers exactly what its title says – a movie about a giant spider.

Greg Grunberg plays Alex, an insect exterminator with a heart of gold, being treated for a spider bite in a hospital emergency room. While he’s there, a large spider crawls out of a corpse in the morgue downstairs and begins to terrorize the staff and patients. The military arrives to neutralize the threat, but only make matters worse. And after Alex’s offer of assistance (after all, he is an expert on insects) is rejected, he and his security guard sidekick, Jose, head out on their own to kill the growing spider and (naturally) impress a girl.

It’s a pretty silly plot (but I think the title gave that part away, too), but it’s also a pretty entertaining film. Ray Wise is his usual fabulous self – an over-the-top caricature of an Army General. Grundberg, whom I remember best from Heroes, is good; sarcastic, funny, and quite likable. However, the best part of the film – other than exploding spider guts, of course – was the character of Jose (Lombardo Boyar). With rapid-fire dialogue and fantastic delivery of lines, Boyar was the funniest thing in it. He’s hilarious, in fact.

Thankfully, Big Ass Spider doesn’t try to be anything it’s not – and that’s probably why it works. Mendez clearly has a great sense of humor and is smart enough not to take any of it seriously. It’s simply a good time.

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a film era or genre that Pam hasn't met. A hard-core film fan from way back, she has spent (or wasted, depending on your point of view) hours and hours watching movies. And with a PhD in Film and Media, she also has more than a few opinions about them.

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