3-4. Thematically difficult for the extent to which it relies on sexual abuse for the backstories of its leads, but laudable for the tenderness it ekes out of their relationship, when we actually get to see it. The surrealist setting expresses the state of its characters pretty perfectly; but the objectivist framing kind of strangles the movie's emotional meat until almost the third act. But totally worth seeing.
A gutsy as fuck attempt to portray the existential experience of prison in both time (stullifyingly endless stasis) and space (the panopticon in a void, infinitely exposed yet infinitely isolated). Christ~ the unhinged ambition of the thing! A quivering mass of electric flesh sculpted from Foucault's S&M fantasies! If Miike made films as good as this and Audition all the time he'd be one of the best filmmakers alive.
A tangled web of a stylish neo-noir that's a bit like David Lynch doing a sci-fi update of a gritty gay sex whodunit shot as a technicolor "Dogville". Needless to say, it went down easy. Will temporarily satisfy fans of complex murder mysteries, sinewy asian boys, and strange cultish space travel. Guilty.
While occasionally violent, as well as a tad surreal, Big Bang Love is not the usual chaotic frenzy typically associated with Takashi Miike. More drama than genre, it thoughtfully searches for answers in a crime being worked on by detectives, as they try to find reason for where none may be. The framing is wonderful and alone warrants a viewing.