A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and goes on a rampage in the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it’s up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator (Greg Grunberg) to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
Owing some big debts to the likes of Joe Dante and recent SyFy films like Sharknado and Sharktopus, Big Ass Spider comes exactly as advertised as a big, dumb action filled creature feature. Director Mike Mendez keeps the story moving at a lean and mean pace as it unfolds and the spider wreaks havoc on downtown L.A. Equal parts flat-out spoof and loving ode to the creature features of old, it slyly never takes itself all that seriously as some decent visual effects make for some icky web filled fun as this spider keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Greg Grunberg is quite good as the everyman hero thrust into an unlikely circumstance and he can play serious and funny pretty well simultaneously. Lombardo Boyer provides some solid comic relief and works well with Grunberg, while Claire Kramer and the romantic subplot was more than a little forced and awkward. Ray Wise and Patrick Bauchau are fun as the military leadership and mad scientist, respectively.
Ultimately, Big Ass Spider is just some good, classic dumb cinematic fun. Kick up your feet and enjoy.
Rating: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)