Big Game
Big Game (2015)

In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 25, 2015
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Big Game's enthusiastic throwback vibe will appeal to fans of low-budget '80s action movies, but co-writer/director Jalmari Helander adds a level of smarts and skill that make it more than just an homage.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The story penned by Helander with Petri Jokiranta goes heavy on the hokum, not to mention the CGI fireworks, but a dialled-down Jackson and a fired-up Tommila make for an entertaining pair.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

"Big Game" never once feels credible, and that's why it's so entertaining. Almost nothing that takes place in this movie could occur in the real world, and there's something comforting about that.

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Elias Savada
Film International

There's an specious, death-defying maniacal glee afoot in this outlandish outdoors thriller. Big Game is a foreigner's vision of American conspiracy theory run amok.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes.

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Kevin P. Sullivan
Entertainment Weekly

As a throwback, Big Game understands the thrills of retro action but never earns its big moments.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

This is one of Jackson's best performances in years -- his POTUS is just self-aware enough to be fun instead of stuffy. And the kid's not bad either.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

Mr. Jackson has never seemed so unblustery; his scenes with the younger actor have ease and humor. The authority is there but also the soul you'd want from the leader of the free world.

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Andrew Lapin

It seems only fair now to let kids from every other country line up to escort Samuel L. Jackson to safety. What kinds of misadventures could he get up to in Uruguay, or Mauritania?

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

An old-school boys' adventure story [that's] absurdly outlandish but ridiculously enjoyable.

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