Taglines: Big Action. Big Adventure.
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States William Allan Moore (Samuel L. Jackson) stranded in the wilderness of Finland, there is only one person around who can save him: a 14-year-old boy called Oskari (Onni Tommila).
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 while Pentagon officials watch on satellite broadcast—including the Vice President, the CIA director, and former CIA field operative Herbert, brought in as a consultant—the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters.
Already feeling at a disadvantage as a hunter due to his father’s reputation—his father having hunted and defeated a bear on his own hunt—Oskari’s faith in himself is further shattered when he follows a map his father left him only to find a portable refrigeration unit with a pre-killed deer head in it.
Moore attempts to boost Oskari’s confidence by reminding Oskari that he managed to save him, but they are subsequently confronted by Morris, the Secret Service member who orchestrated the attack from on board Air Force One—having become disillusioned with Moore as president after sustaining a bullet-wound that left a fragment of shrapnel near his heart—and Hazar, the mercenary who hired Morris to get Moore to him.
Although Hazar decides to put Moore in the refrigeration unit and take him home to kill, Oskari regains his confidence and leaps onto the unit before it can be carried away, cutting it loose from the helicopter and hiding inside it as it rolls down a mountain to land in a river.
Big Game is a Finnish action adventure film directed by Jalmari Helander, based on the 2013 book of the same name. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Jim Broadbent, and Ray Stevenson. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was generally well received, with IGN citing it to be “a throwback to ’80s and ’90s adventure movie with a dash of comic book violence thrown in for good measure.”
Directed by: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Mehmet Kurtulus, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent
Screenplay by: Jalmari Helander
Production Design by: Christian Eisele
Cinematography by: Mika Orasmaa
Film Editing by: Iikka Hesse
Costume Design by: Mo Vorwerck
Music by: Juri Seppä, Miska Seppä
MPAA Rating; PG – 13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language.
Studio: EuropaCorp, Entertainment One
Release Date: June 26, 2015