Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t seem to have much luck with planes. First he ends up on a plane filled with snakes, and now he’s on a plane that’s destined for a fiery crash far away from civilization. To make matters worse in Jalmari Helander’s outlandish action film Big Game, Jackson is an unpopular President of the United States whose enemies are getting ready to hunt him to the death – and his only ally is a teenage boy with a bow and arrows.
Actually that ally is a lot more useful than he sounds. Oskari (Onni Tommila) is supposed to be out hunting for game as part of a coming-of-age tradition, but when one of the most powerful people in the planet drops into his forest the boy decides to do everything he can to help the President survive – up to and including highly improbable stunts inside a fridge.
Although the first trailer for Big Game was a bit of a mixed bag and the new international trailer is much of the same, the film has received a generally positive consensus from critics as a fun, silly, explosion-filled romp in the woods with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and a promising young newcomer. Helander is currently best known for a movie with a similar tone: the Santa-gone-bad fantasy horror film Rare Exports, which amassed quite a few fans when it was released in 2010.
Big Game debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will arrive in theaters in Helander’s native Finland first. Although the U.S. distribution rights have been picked up by Luc Besson’s Europacorp, there’s no news yet as to when or how U.S. audiences will get to see it.
For the moment, just enjoy this new trailer and the antics of President Jackson and young Oskari as they try to avoid the traitors and terrorists hunting them down. The film also stars Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.
Big Game does not currently have a U.S. release date.
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