Jalmari Helander's big budget follow-up to Rare Exports is brash and loud and a whole lot of fun. After a rousing screening in the Midnight Madness program at TIFF, Big Game is starting to roll out to commercial audiences. Considering the fun B-movie premise, Amblin-esque tone and excellent cast of recognizable character actors, I hope it finds a receptive Attack The Block kind of audience.
The President of the USA (Samuel L. Jackson) is stranded in the Finnish wilderness after Air Force one is shot down. His only hope of rescue comes in the form of a young kid hunting in the vicinity as a rite-of-passage to manhood. As the CIA (Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent and Ray Stevenson) desperately try to locate POTUS, the boy (Onni Tomilla) and his village (much of the rest of the Rare Exports cast) and other things out in the woods represent a situation that no intelligence scenario could ever predict.
The marketing here is clearly aimed at the English speaking market, as the film opens in the UK on May 8th (shortly after its March debut in Finland.) *UPDATED* EuropaCorp has US distribution and Elevation Pictures has Canadian distribution, but no release dates on this side of the pond have been announced as of yet.
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