Review: Big Game

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Title: Big Game
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Onni Tommila
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins

What It Is: In the countryside Finland it’s rough living. Eat what you kill, and if you kill nothing you don’t eat. A young boy named Oskari (Tommila) must remain in the wilderness over night as a sort of “rite of passage” into manhood. While he’s there a plane crashes into the forest he’s left in. Inside this plane is President of the United States William Alan Moore (Jackson) whose just been betrayed by his top Secret Service member. Now this unlikely pair must find out whose behind it.

What We Think: I actually really liked this. It’s B-Movie schlock at it’s finest. This movie knows it’s silly and ridiculous, but it does not care one bit about that fact. Ray Stevenson goes super over the top with his rogue Secret Service agent, and the script itself will leave you wondering what the plan was from the start. An excellent way to leave the audience. Jackson as the President plays it cowardly to an extent, but mostly he’s just a blubbering fool. This young man portraying Oskari named  Onni Tommila was really good. You could tell the young lad didn’t speak strong English, but that it also didn’t matter because he delivered the goods. He was believable as someone who could kid some ass and that is why it works so well.

Our Grade: B, A fitting grade for a B-Movie. This is some mindless stupid action, but it’s also a biting commentary filled with enough nods to make you wonder why neither White House Down or Olympus Has Fallen was this much fun! It doesn’t take itself seriously in any way. See the movie, simply because it’s bonkers. Welcome to Finland!

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