Jalmari Helander, the guy who gave us Rare Exports, the weirdest Christmas movie ever, now gives us one of the weirdest coming-of-age stories ever made.
Oskari (Onni Tommila, who was also in Exports) is going through a family ritual on his 13th birthday: He must head into the woods alone and kill an animal with a bow and arrow. He has to camp alone, stalk the animal alone and kill it alone. Unfortunately, he doesn’t feel quite up to the task.
Then Air Force One is shot down over the forest in which he’s camping, and Oskari comes across the president of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). The president has been betrayed by a Secret Service guy (Ray Stevenson), who is in cahoots with a terrorist looking to kill the president and have him stuffed.
Oskari is the only person who can save the president, because the Navy SEALs are too far away. Big Game becomes a buddy movie as the two try to get themselves to safety.
Boy, is this a stupid movie. However, Helander pulls it off, sort of; this is the type of movie that’s OK for a Saturday-night rental. The action is decent enough (although a little goofy-looking at times, due to budget limitations), and Jackson is fun as the leader of the free world.
Surprisingly, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent and Victor Garber show up in supporting roles.
Big Game is available on demand and via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.