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A kid rescues the President. It sounds like a joke movie The Onion might invent to satirize Hollywood preposterousness, but I swear to god, it’s real. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander, who made the fiendishly dark and wonderfully bonkers Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, goes Hollywood with a romp about a 12-year-old boy who rescues the President of the United States when Air Force One crashes in the Alps of Finland. There aren’t really mountains that look anything like the Alps in Finland, apparently, but substituting Bavaria for Scandinavia is still more plausible that this embarrassingly bad action comedy; it’s actually more like Helander went made-for-basic-cable rather than Hollywood. Young Oskari (Onni Tommila, who also appeared in Rare Exports) is supposed to be proving his worthiness to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Jalmari Helander
Running Time: 90 minutes
Synopsis: Air Force One crashes down in a forest in Finland after a supposed terrorist attack, the president’s only chance of survival is a young boy on a hunting trip of self-discovery.
Jalmari Halander has a lot to answer for. After giving us one of the greatest Christmas films ever with his feature length debut Rare Exports, it’s taken him five years to bring us this spiritual and tonally similar follow-up. Big Game is a child’s action film with a lot of 80s and 90s inspiration, and it’s absolutely marvellous.
As a child I was always more partial to a bit of adult orientated action along the lines of Die Hard, Cliffhanger or Air Force One, but whenever »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The last time we saw Finnish director Jalmari Helander, he was giving Santa Claus a creepy makeover with Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. For his second feature, Big Game, he changes tack quite a bit, harkening back to action adventure movies of the 80’s and 90’s with the fun, and increasingly improbable, tale of William Moore, President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson), stranded in the wilds of Finland after Air Force One is shot down. With Oskari (Onni Tomilla), a young local boy on a hunting trip to prove he has become a man, as his only protection, the President is hunted by terrorists, led by the psychotic Hazar (Memet Kurtulus), eager to claim their “Big Game” prize. Logic isn’t Big Game’s strong suit, and it’s all the better for it. If it was, we wouldn’t get the sight of Ray Stevenson’s Agent »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Director: Jalmari Helander; Screenwriter: Jalmari Helander; Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent; Running time: 90 mins; Certificate: 12A
This is a cheap and charming throwback to action movies of the '80s and '90s, an era before spandex-clad superheroes dominated the multiplexes. Think of it as a blend of Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero, but aimed squarely at the younger crowd.
Samuel L Jackson is top-billed playing the President of the United States, who finds himself lost in the wilderness of Finland after Air Force One gets blasted out of the sky by terrorists. His only hope for survival is Oskari (Onni Tommila), a young boy thrown into the woods by »
Released in 2010, Rare Exports was a mischievous comic horror film about a small Finnish town menaced by a feral Santa Claus. Action thriller Big Game marks writer-director Jalmari Helander’s English-language debut, and like Rare Exports, it mischievously plays with the expectations of its genre.
Set in the mountains of northern Finland, it introduces Oskari (Onni Tommila, the returning star of Rare Exports), a 13-year-old boy nervously attempting to pass a coming-of-age test. It’s the custom in Oskari’s community for a boy to head out into the forest and hunt down the biggest animal he can find; as one elder puts it, “A boy goes into the wilderness and comes back as a man.”
The problem is, Oskari’s far from a born hunter; unlike his father (Jorma Tommila »
A new trailer and series of images from Samuel L Jackson's Big Game have been released.
In the latest clip, Jackson - who plays the president of the United States in the British-Finnish film - can be seen fighting for survival alongside a 13-year-old boy .
After Air Force One is subjected to a mid-air attack, Jackson's character finds himself stranded in the Finnish wilderness.
He teams up with Onni Tommila's toughened teen in an effort to evade the terrorists and stay alive.
The movie is slated for a May 8 release in the UK, and is scheduled to hit Us screens on June 26. »
There are few movies I’m more excited about this year than Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, which stars Samuel L. Jackson as the mother f’in president of the mother f’in United States. On tap today are a few… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
I love a bit of Christmas; I have more Christmas sweaters than regular sweaters. I also love a mix of dark Christmas cheer when it comes to movies, with Gremlins, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Rare Exports being some of my favourites. So I am very happy that Trick ‘R Treat director Michael Dougherty follow-up film to his 2009 cult classic Halloween film, will be Krampus. Krampus sees a mischievous ghoul of European folklore being awoken by a young boy Max and his dysfunctional family. The Krampus soon sets about ruining Christmas in darkly comedic ways, as Cbristmas icons take on a life of their own.
Dougherty has also scripted such superhero hits as X2: X-men United, and the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse, but it’s great he’s back in the director’s chair. Meanwhile, it is Weta Workshop who will be bringing the Krampus to life, while Legendary (fast becoming »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Stars: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare, Elizabeth Whitmere, Christian Distefano, Chuck Shamata, Matthew Stefiuk, Sarah Scheffer, Allen Altman | Written by Christopher D. Ford, Jon Watts | Directed by Jon Watts
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Clown, no doubt because purveyor of gore and grue, Eli Roth (Hostel), has his name attached to the film. So forgive me if I came away from the movie feeling a little under-whelmed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed what I saw but I couldn’t help but feel it needed something more… After all, when you break the story down, it’s not much more than a Tales From the Crypt/Tales From the Darkside-style morality play; and those two TV shows told their stories in less than thirty minutes.
Clown tells the story of doting father Kent who dons a clown outfit he finds in an abandoned property he is renovating, »
- Phil Wheat
To throw your child off a roof for her own safety, you have to be stuck in a really dire situation. Such a hellish, last resort scenario is experienced by Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) in the first trailer for No Escape, a thriller featured along with Big Game in our latest trailer round-up. No Escape (formerly titled The Coup) comes from the writing duo of brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle (As Above/So Below, Quarantine) and stars Wilson and Lake Bell as Americans caught up in a coup. To get their daughters to a U.S. Embassy alive, they must rely on each other and their friend Hammond (Pierce Brosnan). Big Game, meanwhile, comes from Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale writer/director Jalmari Helander and stars Samuel L. Jackson as an on-the-run President of the United States who is striving to survive in Finland after Air Force One is shot down. »
- Derek Anderson
When did I realise Big Game was going to be absolutely insane? It was probably 30 seconds into this trailer, when Ray Stevenson jumped out of Air Force One, dodging missles on the way down. Yes, Big Game is that kind of movie. Coming from Rare Exports' Jalmari Helander, Big Game sees Samuel L. Jackson as the U.S. President, forced to team with a young Finnish boy (Onni Tommila) when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and crash lands in the rugged countryside of Finland. This new trailer does a fantastic job of selling Big Game as a balls to the wall action movie where you can accept logic being thrown out the window if it means you get the sight of Jackson trapped in a freezer as it falls into a ravine. This should be perfect Summer action movie fodder. Released: June 26th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ahead of its Us release this summer, Relativity Media has debuted a new trailer for Big Game, the new film from director Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale), which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Onni Tommila; check it out below…
In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them.
Big Game is set for release May 8th in the UK and »
- Gary Collinson
A new film from the director of the dark, imaginative Rare Exports? How exciting! Big Game is a big adventure from director Jalmari Helander, one that poses Samuel L. Jackson as the United States President who’s lost in the Finnish wilderness and ultimately paired up with a bold little juice box-swigging bad boy of a 13 year-old.…
- Samuel Zimmerman
While we got to see the international trailer for Big Game back in January, we now have our first domestic trailer for the Presidential action adventure movie. Maybe it is because I just binged the third season of House Of Cards, but I am very excited for a look at another badass President. Big Game comes from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander. If you know the Santa Claus horror movie, then you should have a good idea what to expect from this movie. Still, despite being set in »
- Alex Maidy
As we told you last month, Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander’s next project is action-adventure flick Big Game, which stars Samuel L. Jackson as the mother f’in president of the mother f’in United States. On tap for you today is… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Following the first trailer released in January and the international trailer that debuted last month, a new domestic trailer has arrived for Big Game, starring Samuel L. Jackson and young Finnish actor Onni Tommila. Director Jalmari Helander returns with this long-awaited follow-up to his cult Christmas classic Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. It's certainly possible that this action-thriller that could develop a much bigger following than his debut when it hits theaters this summer, but we'll have to wait and see.
Big Game follows the plight of Oskari (Onni Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year-old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest. Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself. But this is no ordinary night. Air Force »
After getting a glimpse at the film with the Finnish and United Kingdom trailer, the action thriller Big Game is finally heading to the United States this summer with a limited theatrical and VOD release. And with that comes a new Us trailer for the flick that sees Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness of Finland after Air Force one is attacked by terrorists. This feels like a Matthew Vaughn movie, almost like a spiritual partner to Kingsman: The Secret Service, or a retro live-action Disney adventure turned up to 11. It looks completely outrageous and full of wild action. Watch! Here's the Us trailer for Jalmari Helander's Big Game, originally from Yahoo: You can still watch the UK trailer for Big Game right here. Big Game is written and directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale). When Air Force »
- Ethan Anderton
★★☆☆☆ Coulrophobia is a fear ripe for exploitation in horror movies, most famously done in Tommy Lee Wallace's adaptation of Stephen King's It (1990), which transformed colourful clowns into sheer terror for a generation. It's perhaps a deeper and darker anxiety that is actually at play in Jon Watts' Clown (2014), though, which eschews the maniacal jester archetype utilised in Pennywise in favour of a old myth about child abduction from Scandinavia. Giving its title character the kind of treatment that Santa Claus received in Rare Exports (2010), this droll but largely limp horror-comedy uses its demonic antagonist as a catalyst for the story of a father struggling against the desire to hurt his child.
- CineVue UK
A new trailer for the upcoming action film Big Game has been released.
Samuel L Jackson - who plays the president of the United States - is under attack from members of his own security team in the clip.
The president finds himself stranded in the Finnish wilderness after Air Force One is attacked in the film.
He must team up with a 13-year-old boy, who is on his own mission to become a man, in order to stay alive and battle the terrorists.
Big Game is expected to premiere later in 2015.
It was recently revealed that Jackson is currently only contracted for two more Marvel Studios films. »
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Big Game" thriller, which is directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports) and stars Samuel L Jackson, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman and Onni Tommila. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Oskari (Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year-old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest. Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself. But this is no ordinary night; Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President of the United States (Jackson) in an escape pod. Now the fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in his hands. With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President must »
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