Posted by: da_nibbler | May 12, 2015

Review: ‘Big Game’

A 13 year old wannabe hunter and a non-action-hero Potus make for an entertaining couple in a ridiculous ride through the Finnish countryside.

The story is by the book as are the characters, for the most part. You have the hero, the villain. The usual suspects do what usual suspects do and deliver nicely.

The real surprise for me was Samuel L Jackson, taking a back seat to Onni Tommila’s wannabe hunter character. The real hero here is 13 year old Oskari, who can’t just sit idly by while the President of the United States is in trouble in his backyard.

Sam Jackson does a remarkable job portraying an utterly helpless, hopeless even, Potus. The bonding moments between him and Onni Tommila are the heart of the film and help elevate the ridiculous action sequences to form an entertaining bundle. Tommila is delivering a standout performance, easily holding his own with Jackson in every scene. They are the unlikeliest of duos, but for me that was what made the film work. I loved their interactions, as stylised and over the top as they were. You can tell the film is aware of its far fetched, ridiculous plot and action and just goes and has fun with it. Some people seemed to dislike the film in its entirety given what I overheard afterwards, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and laughed out loud several times.

The cast is rounded out well with Ray Stevenson as Secret Agent Morris, Mehmet Kurtulus as ‘Big Game’ hunter Hazar and Felicity Huffman and Jim Broadbent as CIA top brass. The last scene between Victor Garber’s Vice President and Jim Broadbent’s CIA agent is one of the highlights of the film for me. I won’t spoil it, you’ll have to see for yourself.

The trailer seemed to indicate a lot more over the top action than I saw in the film, but I only really noticed once I left the theatre. Given the tight running time of 90 minutes I’m glad both main characters were given room to breathe, evolve and most importantly bond. If you want crazy, fast paced action at the cinema right now you’re better off watching ‘Furious 7’ or ‘Age of Ultron’, but in my opinion Sam Jackson and Onni Tommila are well worth the price of admission. Every scene between them is gold.

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