UK Trailer For BIG GAME Is In Love With Explosions

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)
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UK Trailer For BIG GAME Is In Love With Explosions
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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SmallGameFebruary 12, 2015 10:29 PM

Big Game DID get picked up for distribution in the US. In fact, it was one of the biggest deals made in Toronto, Europacorp paid $4M for US rights to distribute through their new distribution company RED which they run with Relativity (Relativity Europacorp Distribution aka RED).

They said they will give it a wide release, but no date has been set yet. I heard it would be later on in the summer. Probably after Avengers 2 to take advantage of Sam Jackson's increased visibility and after the movie has opened in Europe, like they did with the first Taken.

The Europacorp honchos praised the movie and said that the theatrical release would be a showcase of their multi-media marketing power in America and it would show everyone what they are capable of.

Hopefully that pans out.

KurtFebruary 13, 2015 9:41 AM

This is excellent news. I will update.

cjohnstonFebruary 15, 2015 9:20 PM

Thanks 4 the news on this one, -- looks SWEET; .right up my alley.
..IF this is of any interest ....half a bakers dozen other titles that (much like the footage seen in this trailer) have a smile inducing amount of brawn, whip-smart cinematography, fun adrenaline herky-jerky fueled script, ..along with a Nice amount of "brain" to boot.
Stretch *for me, this one was off-the-rails fun
The Big Bang
A Lonely Place To Die
Largo Winch
Largo Winch II (The Burma Conspiracy)
Renegade (Blueberry)

*imho, ALL of these have scripts that you could sharpen even the dullest of knives on....