Big Game Reviews

July 1, 2015
... strains to replicate mainstream Hollywood action flicks instead of emphasizing the differences that make it unique.
June 26, 2015
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 25, 2015
Off-kilter as Helander's sensibility continues to be, he's got a passion for popcorn-movie energy that can be contagious - especially when he's not trashing Santa.
June 25, 2015
While [director] Helander probably didn't want to make things too campy or tongue-in-cheek, a little of this attitude might have distracted viewers from the rent-a-villains and generic action.
June 25, 2015
This is like fan fiction from someone who only has one genre in their Netflix queue.
June 25, 2015
Helander has a twisted sense of humor for sure, but a poor sense of how to to use slow-motion. He employs it so badly so often that by the time Oskari finally pulls that bowstring back, the gimmick has already numbed our senses.
June 25, 2015
At its core, Big Game is really for 10-16 year old boys who are stuck inside their house over summer vacation watching TV. Its earnest silliness almost works, but the awful CGI and Jackson's scenery chewing never jell.
June 25, 2015
If nothing else, Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander has a knack for cooking up premises so absurd that they can't help but intrigue.
June 23, 2015
The film knows it's dumb but isn't very smart about the key ingredient: a two-fishes-out-of-water story that doesn't let the heroes outsmart the villains.
June 23, 2015
Neither Jackson nor the "Rare Exports" writer-director are gonzo enough to make this come off.
June 23, 2015
Predictably ridiculous.
June 20, 2015
The rambling conversations and endless wandering through nature could let the film pass for a filler episode of Lost.
May 19, 2015
A kid rescues the President. It sounds like a joke movie The Onion might invent to satirize Hollywood preposterousness, but I swear to god, it's real.
May 10, 2015
While it's good to see Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander dropping a Hollywood A-lister into the European wilds ... this cheekily ridiculous Boy's Own adventure falls awkwardly between target audiences ...
May 7, 2015
It all comes together in a satisfyingly preposterous finale. It even dares to leave a deliberate loose end. Shame it leaves so many in the middle.
May 7, 2015
A missed opportunity, this European action romp begins with a terrific premise but never quite makes anything of it..
May 4, 2015
Destined to be a big drinking game - take a sip when Broadbent bites his sandwich - but little else, this feels like a major missed opportunity.
October 13, 2014
...a thoroughly disappointing endeavor that could (and should) have been so much better.
September 12, 2014
"Big Game" isn't as witty as it thinks it is, rarely transcends the very movies it wants to knock, and its intentionally hamfisted approach isn't particularly endearing.