An easy way to raise the stakes in any action movie is to throw the President of the United States into the path of danger; a concept so popular that Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down did it in more or less the exact same way at more or less the exact same time. With President Aaron Eckhart and President Jamie Foxx already rescued, it's now President Samuel L. Jackson's turn to experience a bit of mortal peril.
In Jalmari Helander's British-Finnish action movie Big Game, Air Force One is blown out of the sky and President Jackson is forced to try and stay alive in a vast Finnish forest as his would-be assassins pursue him. Luckily he has the help of Oskari (Onni Tommila), a 13 year-old hunter undertaking a coming-of-age ritual that requires him to survive in the forest and bring back a hunting trophy to prove his readiness to become a man.
Big Game will release in its native Finland first and the first trailer for the movie is ostensibly Finnish; though, since there are subtitles for the Finnish dialogue and none for the English dialogue it's fair to say that the trailer's designed to catch the interest of US audiences as well. Big Game debuted at Toronto International Film Festival last year, where it was met with general praise from critics, who described it as being a lot of fun and also very, very silly. It even has its own version of "Nuking the Fridge."
Helander's last feature was the comedy horror Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, which had an equally silly premise: a homicidal Santa Claus awakened from the grave by an archaeological dig and a horde of elves coming to rescue him from his captors. Big Game looks like it will have a similar kind of flair and has a surprisingly star-studded cast that also includes Jim Broadbent, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman and Ray Stevenson. Let's hope it doesn't take too long to reach the USA.
A new poster for Big Game has also been released (see below), and is suitably explosive.
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Big Game hits theaters in Finland on March 25th, 2015, but a US release date hasn't been set yet.