Big Game (2015)
Critic 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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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.
Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes.
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.
Everything that is good about Big Game can be summed up in two words and one letter -- Samuel L Jackson.
The ensuing action is reliably ridiculous, but Tommila's plucky boy and Jackson's hapless president make an amusing double act.
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Sam Jackson and Ray Stevenson phone it in so hard, they allow themselves to be outacted by an ESL thirteen year old with three acting credits to his name. And Jackson & Stevenson are two of my all time favourite actors, so it's hard for me to say that.
Big Game isn't quite ridiculous enough to laugh *with* and isn't quite original enough to be impressed by. Instead it sits an awkward middle ground where you assume it's parody but it's not, it's just silly. The premise is that of an 80's action movie, an era/genre combo I think we should definitely bring back. Unfortunately, the execution is just not there to deliver.
Maybe it would be better drunk.
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.
Weird movie, kind of Air Force One crossed with Cliffhanger. The scenes without Sam Jackson are just kind of weird. The kid just puts off a weird energy. This is one of those where you're just perplexed to how this got made. It feels like a B-movie that somehow got Sam Jackson in it. Did the director marry Jackson's wife's sister or something? It feels like a Uwe Boll movie sort of, if less inept. This could have been somewhat decent with a better director and script.
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