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
The adventures in the wilderness take place in Finnish Lapland, but the outdoor footage in the film, is actually from the Alps. In Writer and Director Jalmari Helander's opinion, the real Lapland locations did not suit his image of what the scenery should look like. See more »
The GPS coordinates given for the location of Air Force One is not a lake nor in Northern Finland. The location is Pohjoisväylä road, just north of Pajalantie road in the city of Järvenpää in Southern Finland, quite close to Helsinki. See more »
There's only one thing left: find the President, kill the sons of bitches who are after him, bring him home.
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The end credits are interspersed with hunting photographs of Oskari and various hunting/trophy items. See more »
On the US Blu-ray the PG-13 theatrical version runs 87 minutes, with the 91-minute uncut version included as an unrated extended cut. See more »
So Samuel L. Jackson is the President of the United States and is shot down in Finland where the men and real men and the 13 year old boys are out in the wilderness trying to prove that they are real men.
The President of the US of A is just a foil for this Finnish story about Oskari who, on turning 13 must go out into the wilderness to bring back some game. His grandfather killed a bear at the same age, but maybe Oskari is not up to the task?
But then the President of the US of A turns up while being hunted by terrorists and Oskari is there to prove that being strong is not about muscles but about willpower.
So finally we get a story where the US is not all powerful, but seriously doesn't Finland have an air force that could scrambled to search the area? When the US armed services get permission to operate on Finish territory and why wasn't any killed by being hit by a Nokia?
So the verdict. Every stupid moment in this film is brilliant, and most brilliant moments are also at least a little stupid. It works and is worth watching.
What the movie is about is that if you go into the forest it will give you a gift that is meant to both test and reward you.
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