Big Game - This Movie Surprisingly Rocks. And Has Fun While It's Doing It!
Dir: Jalmari Helander
Starring Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman
A young Finnish boy is sent into the forest to bag himself a beastie and prove himself a man. He comes back with a POTUS. A POTUS that has had his Air Force One shot out of the sky - a combination of a disloyal secret service man (Stevenson) and a psychopathical big game hunter who wants to stuff and mount said POTUS.
Yes, it’s daft. But it’s so daft that it very quickly starts to become fun. Everything about the concept – from the out of time Pathfinder kid to Stevenson eating the scenery to Broadbent eating a sandwich as the world falls, is played to such a high level of silly, that Jackson for once comes across as understated. (Shame though they clipped his one and only trademark “Motherfucker” just to keep the certificate.)
Though it shares a certain DNA with Air Force One, Die Hard and even Snakes On A Plane, Big Game, whilst not terribly big and not terribly clever, knows just what a B-movie low rent beast it is. And runs with it.
The kid (Tomilla) is also remarkably good and surprisingly unaffected given he’s in such an affected film. Plus it boasts the daftest ending – both thematically and visually – not just of recent memory. But possibly of all memory. So, all in all, much better than expected.
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