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Big Game

6/10
Adventure . Action
 

When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him - a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own "Big Game" prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.

 
Actors: Mehmet Kurtulus , Ray Stevenson , Felicity Huffman , Victor Garber , Ted Levine , Onni Tommila , Samuel L. Jackson , Jaymes Butler , Jim Broadbent
Directors: Jalmari Helander
Country: FINLAND , UK , GERMANY
Release: 2015-06-26
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  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Big Game comes away with the distinction of being watchably terrible. There is a certain ridiculousness that is engaging, but this shouldn't be confused for merit.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    Onni Tommila, Mr. Helander’s nephew, has an expressive face and marvelous understatement. And Mr. Jackson has never seemed so unblustery; his scenes with the younger actor have ease and humor.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It’s entirely ludicrous but highly enjoyable.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Big Game never once feels credible, and that’s why it’s so entertaining. Almost nothing that takes place in this movie could occur in the real world, and there’s something comforting about that.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    While the folks back at the Pentagon say stuff like “Where are our Navy Seals?” the audience is treated to jaw-dropping action sequences, enhanced by awesome special effects and staggering cinematography.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Big Game is goofy fun, whether Jackson is rolling down a hill in a freezer, the kid is trying to stop a bazooka with an arrow, or we’re witnessing other stunts that are just too preposterous to describe.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Big Game tries a little of everything, but ultimately settles into being a scrappy, lower-budget spin on the Big Dopey Action Movie genre. And as with nearly every stab at the BDAM, the audience’s satisfaction will depend largely on just how dopey they expect it to be.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Patrick Smith

    Yes, the film's clunky. Yes, it's dumb. But it's fashioned with such charm that it's also lovable, poignant and funny.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Drags in places and not always certain of its tone but with a sprinkling of eye-bulging visuals that wink to Spielberg’s heyday. Give it a shot.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Big Game fails to live up to the kookiness of this set-up. Instead, it opts for ’90s action movie clichés and generic coming-of-age-isms. Helander’s inelegant, exposition-heavy English-language dialogue doesn’t help matters.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    That is actually one of the key problems with the film as a whole — there are times when it tries to embrace its silliness and times when it wants to be treated as a serious action film and the clash of tones is simply too jarring.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    But, oh, the action. Tommila and Jackson have a couple of escape sequences that are exhilaratingly choreographed, never mind that one employs a meat freezer as its key prop. Kids should dig these bits. After all, off-kilter as Helander’s sensibility continues to be, he’s got a passion for popcorn-movie energy that can be contagious — especially when he’s not trashing Santa.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    There are parts of “Escape From New York,” “Air Force One,” “Cliffhanger” and countless Luc Besson movies strewn about. Big Game doesn’t stomp on their memory, but like an overenthusiastic fan, it does smother them with amateurish zeal.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Predictably ridiculous.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    Destined to be a big drinking game — take a sip when Broadbent bites his sandwich — but little else, this feels like a major missed opportunity.

    Empire Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The production values and high-caliber cast suggest Big Game had better intentions than results. Helander may have memorized “Die Hard” and “Air Force One” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” But his version of that formula, given the loopy twist of making a woodsman/kid the hero “with particular skills,” loses most everything in translation.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Jake Cole

    The rambling conversations and endless wandering through nature could let the film pass for a filler episode of Lost.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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