90 Min. | Action – Adventure | May 2015
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Director: Jalmari Helander
Staring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson
Big Game Review: 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 Big Game 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. Big Game 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.