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Drama - Terrorism

Big Game (2014)

Duration1h 30m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: PG-13, France: 10 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJalmari Helander
Writers/ScriptJalmari Helander
StarringSamuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent,  Ray Stevenson,
RatingsIMDb: 5.4 by 32,651 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 78% by 90 reviewers . Review2view: 7/10

Elevator Pitch: The presidential plane Air Force One is shot down by terrorists over northern Finland while on course for a meeting in Helsinki, and the president is evacuated in a capsule landing in the forest. Fortunately Oskari a 13 year old Finn, who is on a rights of passage expedition in the forest, rescues President Moore. However they are captured by the terrorists, who now include the  President’s (ex) chief of security. The terrorists put Moore in a chest freezer (don’t ask) and carry it off under a helicopter, but Oskari manages to cut its lifting strops, and get it to tumble over a cliff into a raging torrent, finally giving them the opportunity of swimming into the body of the crashed plane. Meanwhile back in the Pentagon the officials try to get a handle on what is happening.

Content: No sex or nudity, and possibly just a bit of drinking. Oskari is taken into the outback by his dad and a group of old Finnish hunters and dispatched to carry out his task. The terrorists take a helicopter into the forest, and brandish their missiles. Airforce One is seen in the air, and Morris the security chief sets up the disaster. Once in the woods the president is not an action man so begins to rely on the boy. More and more ridiculous events take place. In the Pentagon the Vice-President, the Cia and the military leaders look on.

 A View: Sometimes I don’t have the time to watch an epic so I chose this outing at 90 minutes, without having any idea about it. Interestingly the IMDb voters did not like it much but the critics quite enjoyed it. I am with the latter, while it is complete nonsense Samuel Jackson particularly, plays it really well and you can almost sense him helping the young Finnish boy along. So absolutely fine entertainment if you have an hour and a half available. 

  Other particularly unusual films in which Samuel L. Jackson has participated include: The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Snakes on a Plane and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children .

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