A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.

Director:

Jalmari Helander

Writers:

Jalmari Helander (screenplay by), Jalmari Helander (based on the original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... US President William Alan Moore
Onni Tommila ... Oskari
Ray Stevenson ... Morris
Victor Garber ... Vice President
Mehmet Kurtulus ... Hazar
Ted Levine ... General Underwood
Jorma Tommila ... Tapio
Risto Salmi ... Hamara
Felicity Huffman ... CIA Director
Jim Broadbent ... Herbert
Rauno Juvonen ... Safari Pilot
Jaymes Butler ... Otis
Jason Steffan ... Dexter / Navy Seal 2
Jean-Luc Julien ... Clay
Erik Markus Schuetz Erik Markus Schuetz ... Stanley
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Storyline

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. Written by Production

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The President has one small chance of survival. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Several of the Finnish actors in this movie were also in another Jalmari Helander film, Rare Exports (2010). See more »

Goofs

Morris asks the aircraft commander (The Captain) of Air Force One what the ETA is, to which the Captain says "45 miles." An ETA is a time (estimated time of arrival), while 45 miles is a distance, See more »

Quotes

Vice President: I've got one question for you, Fred, one question only. Can it get back to us?
Herbert: Can it get back to us? Well, Vice President, Morris is dead, Hazar is dead, all his men are dead...
[trips the Vice President, smashing his head into a sink and killing him]
Herbert: And you're dead. So, in answer to your question, getting back to anyone, I would say no, it's not getting back to anyone.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are interspersed with hunting photographs of Oskari and various hunting/trophy items. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the UK theatrical release, the distributor sought and was given advice by the BBFC on how to secure a 12A certificate. Following this advice, a single use of the word 'motherfucker' was partially obscured and the film was classified 12A. The home video release was uncut and received a 15 rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Ilse Liepa (2015) See more »

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While it may seem ludicrous at times, Big Game catches the audience's interest with hearty humor and lively visual.
19 May 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Adding to the series of recent movies involving President of The United States being in peril, Big Game is also presenting a quirky and amusing angle on the premise. Having more action than expected and lightly humorous, it hits on the right spot with just the right amount of casual fun. Some of the scenes are ridiculous, though the strange duo and witty material will be an accessible delight for audience.

Story follows The President of Unites States (Samuel L. Jackson) and an ordinary Finnish boy Oskari (Onni Tommila) who is undergoing traditional coming of age ritual. Oskari must prove himself by hunting a game from the forest, but a strange encounter with The President will distract him from his goal. This may be the weirdest duo of buddy action flick, but at this point Samuel L. Jackson could probably deliver any bizarre character asked of him.

The President is not the usual action character, in fact compared to the pursuers he is largely outclassed. It's a playful personality with more emphasis on comedy than his usual brash attitude, although the film doesn't deprive audience from his trademark mockery. Oskari is also far from a secret service agent, he's just a young boy and eager to prove himself.

The large difference on both characters play to their advantage in creating a few chuckles. Some other notable names for the supporting cast such as Victor Garber and Ray Stevenson also are appreciated. Casting isn't far from their usual roles, and they adequately presentable here.

Script is pretty good, the jokes are spot-on without being overly crude. The film has light-hearted vibe, engaging on simple theme fitting for a family movie. Visual is unexpectedly vibrant. There are several moments worthy of any action movies. These few high octane shots balance the silly antics. Its foreign setting creates a more refreshing outlook than the usual city environment of the genre, it's definitely a better view than being confined in White House again.

Visually fresh and charmingly witty, Big Game is a simple yet entertaining action comedy.


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Finland | UK | Germany

Language:

English | Finnish

Release Date:

26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,909, 28 June 2015

Gross USA:

$24,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,455,398
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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