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Times of India
The US President (Samuel L Jackson) is on his way to Helsinki when his plane is attacked. There is a breach of security in his core team. Can he be saved?
Big Game is a film which, despite its hackneyed writing, is imbued with charm and humour. Yes, the plot-line doesn't really bow down to the logic of physics but the story's endearing quality works as its saving grace. Jackson crisply slips into the role of the American President, who is struck by calamity mid-air, on his way to Helsinki. A ploy to get him assassinated falls flat when a young Finnish boy Oskari (Onni Tommila), who is on a hunting trip that will define his machismo to his community, finds him in the jungle and vows to save his life.
Thereafter, the exceptional camaraderie between two men divided by age and experience who are brought together by fate in an uncanny twist of events, reigns. Their scenes have innocent humour and there are parts that will have you in splits. The point where Oskari meets the President and threatens him with the question, "Which planet are you from?" while mistaking him for an alien, will amuse you.
The problem begins when the story takes the convenient route out to things and allows incidents to fit in with way too much ease. The thrill from this affair goes obsolete by the end. Its rapturous climax can qualify as cute but not exciting. For pluses, the film, banking on such a slim story, manages to tie up pretty neatly despite it being extremely far-fetched.
Jackson thankfully adopts his nuanced vein and delivers a sincere tongue-in-cheek performance. His young co-actor Tommila is lovable from the word go. Ray Stevenson is impactful as the menacing villain.
In its 91 minutes, Big Game can pass for junk cinema to go well with your popcorn. Its picturesque setting, exaggerated lines and well-drawn action sequences are fun while it lasts but not compelling enough to desire a repeat.
Mel Gibson was the director's original choice for the loyal.
Director Jalmari Helander chose Alps to shoot the outdoor footage of the film despite the fact that the adventures in the wilderness take place in Finnish Lapland. The reason behind doing so was that the real Lapland locations did not suit the image of scenery he had made up in his mind.
With a whopping budget of EUR8 500 000, this is the most expensive Finnish film ever.
Jalmari Helander initially wanted Mel Gibson to play the President.
The film's teaser trailer debuted in Finland before the film Kummeli V which came in 2014.
Oskari's arrows in the keep changing in every scene.
Airforce One doesn't have escape pod.
It is improbable that the Finnish police come nowhere in the scene despite the crash and the US Prez being in their country.
The film begins with a 13 year old boy Oskari being told by his father how men in his community have the legacy of returning with the biggest prey from the jungle. Belonging to the native hunting tribe, it's on the young boy to prove his machismo.
In the next scene we see the US President is traveling to Helsinki. His plane is taken down by terrorist with the help of his Chief of Security. The President is ejected out of the plane and he lands in the forest Oskari is sent to catch his prey.
When Oskari sees the shuttle land, he assumes it's a space ship. He thinks its an alien. The President introduces himself and Oskari takes him to a safer point. The two exchange life experiences. In the morning, Oskari follows the map his father had given him and discovers that he had left a killed deer in the refrigerator for the boy because the father knew his son was not competent enough to catch his own prey.
It breaks Oskari's heart to see the lack of his father's faith on him. Meanwhile, the terrorists led by their psychopath leader Hazar along with Morris (Security Chief) hunt down the president and attack. Oskari initially to flee but jumps in soon to save the President.
Hazar's plan was to take him back in a refrigeration box and kill him later. But, Oskari puts up a strong fight to save him. He cuts the box loose from the helicopter and the refrigeration box tumbles down the hill and falls into the river. When the box reaches stable waters, they realize they are near the airplane that he was travelling in.
Oskari and Prez attempt to seek shelter in the plane but Hazar finds them. He tries to blow them off with a bomb but Moore cuts him out last minute. Oskari finally kills Hazar in an attempt to save the Prez. The two eject out of the plane before the plane blows off.
Oskari returns home with the US President and becomes and international hero.