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Instead, it opts for 90s action movie cliches and generic coming of age isms.
Its very confidently made and features a strong central performance from del Solar but it kind of comes apart as it progresses.Even as it goes off the ..
Nevertheless, Big Game is one of those films that tries to embrace two different potential audiences and winds up missing both marksit is a little too ..
As a throwback, Big Game understands the thrills of retro action but never earns its big moments.
If youve ever wondered what a Die Hard style movie would be like with a butt kicking teen as the hero, this is it.
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Big Game is a film which, despite its hackneyed writing, is imbued with charm and humour.
Occasionally, Oskari and the President outrunning baddies feels like outwalking.The cast is all in on the adventure romp.
The utterly preposterous Big Gamewhich shares several cast members with Rare Exports, notably the genuinely charming child actor Tommilaplays out like ..
If youre talking wish fulfilment for 12 year old boys, it is hard to think of a better premise.
Big Game wades around in piss soaked slacks of its own, but it lacks the conviction to distract you from it.
Youll find it in Jalmari Helanders Finnish backwoods thriller Big Game.
Helanders last movie, the dark Santa Claus horror comedy Rare Exports, has wit and invention in spades.
The special effects are oddly eye catching.When it goes into slow motion, the film straddles the line between parody and homage.
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Its hard to deny Big Games infectious, charming enthusiasm. If youre going to drop a bomb, you might as well drop it with gusto.
But its crafted with such charm that its also lovable, poignant and funny one scene paying homage to ET had me in stitches.
Its an eighty minute blast, and the perfect father son action fare.
Big Game, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States, is a blast of spectacular, silly fun that is aware (and proud) of its own ..
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The finale, set in the underwater wreckage of Air Force One, manages to seem utterly absurd even as it maintains an agreeable momentum.
Often hilarious and even a tiny bit moving, the romp will clean up on VOD but deserves some theatrical play before that happens.
Director Lone Scherfig manages to alienate the viewer virtually from the get go, as the filmmaker establishes a set of characters that are uniformly u ..
The production values and high caliber cast suggest Big Game had better intentions than results.
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With terrorist kidnappers on their trail and a Pentagon war room confab (Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman and Jim Broadbent) desperate to f ..
This explains how director Jalmari Helander can combine scenes of timeless natural beauty with action and dialogue straight out of a 1980s Golan Globu ..
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Examples remain today, but its not as pervasive a plot as it once was, with animated antics taking over for live action offerings aimed at pre teens.
But the irresistible fable thriller Big Game the second feature from the Finnish director Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, from 2010) ..
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Big Game delivers all the bombastic action and attitude of a summer blockbuster with the emotional core of a coming of age film.
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Its tongue in cheek humour and lapidary one liners are combined with some well staged stunts.
Taken in a lighthearted spirit, its all good fun, with well handled if increasingly improbable action.
Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander, who made the fiendishly dark and wonderfully bonkers Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, goes Hollywood with a romp ab ..
But if you like your adventure yarns with jokey snatches of edgy terrorist violence Jalmari Helanders follow up to the dark, cult Christmas thriller R ..
And happily a lot of it is played with tongue firmly in cheek, a cynical postscript apart.
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The film lacks punch in terms of story, but makes up with Tommila and Jacksons on screen camaraderie and the beautiful locales of Finland.
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At least this one has a better excuse for its credulity numbing premise.
Big Game is goofy fun, whether Jackson is rolling down a hill in a freezer, the kid is trying to stop a bazooka with an arrow, or were witnessing othe ..
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Meanwhile, 13 year old Oskari (Onni Tommila), son of a renowned hunter, has embarked on a traditional rite of passage, spending 24 hours alone in Lapl ..
But the sad truth is that I had more fun watching this goofy, unpretentious and faintly subversive adventure in which the most powerful country in the ..
And Tommila is a refreshingly unpredictable presence, making Big Game a minor pleasure for undemanding B movie fans.
From Jalmari Helander, the mad Helsinki filmmaker who gave us the remarkably strange Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010), comes Big Game, and if you ..
As preposterous as the situation is, the terrorist strategy is so well referenced and explained in director Mr. Helanders script that it somehow seems ..
Its one of those rare comedies that needs to be seen on the big screen.
Tommila and Jackson have a couple of escape sequences that are exhilaratingly choreographed, never mind that one employs a meat freezer as its key pro ..
However, a bad movie is still a bad movie, no matter how enjoyable; Big Game is merely the best a bad movie can be.Have you seen Big Game
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Big Game is the kind of movie that would have me proclaiming it one of the best movies ever if I were in my teens and my adult self found it pretty fu ..
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It wears its silliness on its sleevesthe characters simply arent self aware like us.
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There is a certain ridiculousness that is engaging, but this shouldnt be confused for merit.
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But anybody who was lucky enough to catch Helanders Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale a horror film concerning Satanic Santas will anticipate something a ..
Helander definitely works in a tongue in cheek manner, and Big Game is actually quite fun.
Its earnest silliness almost works, but the awful CGI and Jacksons scenery chewing never jell.
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The cast all uniformly embrace the silliness of Helanders script, striking the right balance between laughs and emotion.
Watch Big Game with a straight face and its ridiculous; view it as tongue in cheek (and Rare Exports proved that Helander has a wicked sense of humour ..
Loud, daft and explosive, its a B movie right down to its fingertips.
Yes, theres plenty of violent destruction, but its cartoonish rather than clever, so the film feels silly rather than exhilarating.
While its mostly silly, Big Game finds a way to end up satisfying.
The pace moves briskly enough so that youre rarely if ever bored, and the running time of 90 minutes means that it never overstays its welcome.
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If nothing else, Helander has properly schooled his actors on just what this film is, and they respond by playing their parts with infectious gusto.
Big Game is a fantastic three star movie, a fist pumping old meets new school thrill ride that makes you feel like a PG 13 year old again.Its funny bu ..
Silly but rarely stupid, lovingly shot but often cheap looking, its a forgettable but undeniably enjoyable and entertaining adventure.
When the two movies collide, the result is a passably entertaining flick, helmed by Finnish writer director Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christma ..
Is it supposed to be an over the top sendup of kid oriented action movies
So much of todays big ticket filmmaking is designed to pummel you into submission that Helanders scrappy chutzpah feels kinda soothing.I had a really ..
Finnish writer director Jalmari Helander follows his freaky Christmas fable Rare Exports with an equally wild escapade that cheerfully takes the biscu ..
Its a slight film, but its amusing, pacy, action packed and doesnt take itself remotely seriously.
Its quite a fun ride and will be inspiring for pre teen boys who need heroes other than the comic book kind.
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In the snowy wilds of Finland, a 13 year old boy armed with a bow and arrow proves the unlikely saviour of Samuel L Jacksons imperilled US president i ..
The film knows its dumb and plays the action adventure for dumb fun.
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The premise is wholly predictable and not exactly novel, but the film plays like a comfort food diversion with solid action, magnificent aerial scener ..
The Film File
However despite the film having a very high probability of being classified as a B grade action film, BIG GAME manages to stand out with stunning visu ..
The ensuing action adventure may promise more than it ultimately delivers but remains fun for long periods in spite of its flaws.
Its uneven overall, but alls well that ends well as the big finish is as gripping as can be.
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Sometimes, one needs well made, mindless entertainment in the middle of the summer, and Big Game delivers just that joyous, senseless entertainment wi ..
Theres an specious, death defying maniacal glee afoot in this outlandish outdoors thriller.Big Game is a foreigners vision of American conspiracy theo ..
First things first: before watching Big Game, you need to see Jalmari Helanders debut feature, the wild and crazy Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.Its t ..
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