Big Game 2015

Big Game

Critics Consensus

Big Game's enthusiastic throwback vibe will appeal to fans of low-budget '80s action movies, but co-writer/director Jalmari Helander adds a level of smarts and skill that make it more than just an homage.

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34%

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User Ratings: 8,974

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The U.S. president (Samuel L. Jackson) must rely on a 13-year-old boy (Onni Tommila) to get him out alive after Air Force One is shot down over Finland as part of a psychopath's plot to hunt and kill the POTUS.

Cast & Crew

Samuel L. Jackson
US President William Alan Moore
Victor Garber
Vice President
Ted Levine
General Underwood
Mika Orasmaa
Cinematographer
Iikka Hesse
Film Editor
Juri Seppä
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Miska Seppä
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Critic Reviews for Big Game

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (20)

  • The story penned by Helander with Petri Jokiranta goes heavy on the hokum, not to mention the CGI fireworks, but a dialled-down Jackson and a fired-up Tommila make for an entertaining pair.

    July 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are times when it seems impossible that it could possibly exist as a real thing and not just as a parody trailer that accidentally got inflated to feature length.

    June 26, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes.

    June 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Jackson has never seemed so unblustery; his scenes with the younger actor have ease and humor. The authority is there but also the soul you'd want from the leader of the free world.

    June 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Big Game" never once feels credible, and that's why it's so entertaining. Almost nothing that takes place in this movie could occur in the real world, and there's something comforting about that.

    June 25, 2015 | Rating: 3.0
  • As a throwback, Big Game understands the thrills of retro action but never earns its big moments.

    June 25, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Game

  • Oct 31, 2018
    A very safe film that doesn't attempt anything grand or epic, definitely a throwback to the 80s. The casting of Jackson might have been better had the film gone for the hard R rating instead of the please all rating we ended up with. The film has its moments and some of the chemistry is between the likable stars. I thought the film was fun and the filmmaker has a huge future in the action genre, some of the special effects scenes top some of Hollywood's lacklustre efforts. The film never forgets its characters and has a lot of fun along the way. You can do much worse than checking out this action film. 30/10/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2016
    The film moves fast and is so much fun that you won't notice the flaws.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2015
    Big Game is stupid to the point that it's entertaining. It runs fast enough that it kept my attention enough that I can recall the story. I can see what they were going for, but it all went wrong in the writing and nobody bothered fixing it through production and filming. Samuel Jackson's talents with profanity are handicapped by the PG-13 rating. Tommila, the boy in the film, does an OK job, but nobody else is worth mentioning. I watched it for free on a movie channel and that seemed about right. I wouldn't pay for Big Game, but it's a decent enough way to kill the time.
    Jason C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2015
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