Directed by Jalmari Helander
Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness. 13-year old Oskari is also in that wilderness, on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk by tracking down a deer, but instead discovers the President in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their prize, the unlikely duo team up to escape their hunters.
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★★★½ review by James Haves on Letterboxd
Super short, super dumb, and super cheesy.
Just the way I like.
★★★½ review by Grimbo on Letterboxd
Silly nonsense with a backstab every five minutes but really entertaining and done in about 80 minutes.
It's good to see the Director and kid from Rare Exports do some bigger stuff.
★★★★ review by Still Here🏳️🌈 on Letterboxd
Jalmari Helander, the director of Rare Exports, hits and don't miss once again. Idea behind Big Game is simply idiotic but Helander knows it and takes advantage of it. It's tongue-in-cheek adventure with sense of style. It knows its inspirations and what it's suppose to do. It entertains because the people who made it had so much fun doing it. It's been a while since it could be felt. Compared to Timo Vuorensola's boring attempt Iron Sky, Big Game is cleverly controlled film (it's clever without trying it). It makes fun with the myth like Rare Exports did. In Rare Exports this myth was Santa but in Big Game the whole Finnish Lapland is turned into mythical place (none of the film was shot in Finland) where survival depends on brains (sometimes not using them is the better option). Since White Reindeer (1952) and Earth is a Sinful Song (1970), I've not seen as exciting and imaginative look at Lapland. Even though Big Game doesn't exactly present the kind of future I'd like to all Finnish films, it without a doubt does what it's doing, right. Helander is one of the most interesting filmmakers currently working because he knows how to handle his own genre. This might be the most enjoyable action rumble we get to see this year - at least one of them!
★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Helander directs like a real smooth, good Hollywood action pro. Air Force One under attack over Finland, a group of terrorists and a group hunters below and little Oskari on his first hunting trip ready to save the day. Big action entertainment flick never goes the dumb route. Funny, action packed, big game hunting violent fun. For non whiners only.
★★★★ review by Simon Abrams on Letterboxd
Having seen this and Rare Exports and found the former film to be almost as good as the latter (though very, very similar), I have to say: they really missed an opportunity by not having this guy make Jurassic World.
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