Big Game (2014)

Action & Adventure • PG-13 • Directed by: Jalmari Helander • 87 minutes

In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending twenty-four hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them. Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction), Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson (Divergent, Thor), Victor Garber (Titanic, Argo), Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter series, Gangs of New York) round out director Jalmari Helander’s cast.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman,

Why we picked this film

Big Game is a quirky little film that shows Finland can be a powerhouse in filmmaking. More than that, Big Game is a fantastic throw back to the action films of the 80s with an over-the-top plot and a young teenager as the action hero?a young man proving his man enough. Samuel L. Jackson was an interesting choice to play the President of the United States. A rough and dark actor, he doesn't immediately spring to mind to fill the Presidental role, and yet in this film he restrains himself quite well and resists being the story's hero.

Viewer reviews

The movie was everything the trailer promised
★★★★★
If you loved the trailer, you'll love the movie. — Garblox

Worst. Movie. Ever
★★★★
The dialogue reads like they got an ex-frat guy to write this in a week. And by they, I mean this was obviously made to be formulatic. Pure crap. — NicknameTaken2011

Just cheese
★★★★★
And gets more ridiculous by the minutes… — Anathol

Terrible
★★★★
2 hours of my life I'll never get back. Horrible acting and poorly written. — Rk0772

Bad.
★★★★★
Difficult to get through the dialog in parts. Story needed work. — Ambivalence Loaf

Funny
★★★★
Funny — Romanfrenkel

Great
★★★★
Here is a B movie that's probably cost 2 mill to make , with Samuel Jackson getting 70% of it, and was just as entertaining as Star Wars7, and way more original.....and 198 mill cheaper....was worth the 99¢ rental, thanks apple. — Romanfrenkel

Cheeeeese
★★★★
Purely the cheesiest movie I have seen in a really long time. I payed 1$ to rent the movie on iTunes and it was too much. — DJBoristo

Fantastically simple to watch
★★★★
By no means is this a blockbuster hit of the summer, but I have to say we truly enjoyed the film. It's one of those movies were when you see something happen that's unrealistic, you say, course that just happened! We really enjoyed this film and know going into it what to expect. I've seen way worse movies with twice the hype. — Flsurf83

Unbelievably bad.
★★★★
If you're wondering what it will look like when Samuel Jackson’s career is over, look no further. — gnomeofzurich

Big Game=Big Fail!!
★★★★
zzzz...hmmm....zzzzz — Tiliqtuq

Predictable
★★★★★
Why would you cast foreign Irish and/or English actors to play secret service members? You have to be a US citizen and your parents and their parents had to be before you could ever become a Secret Service guard of the President. It is the little crap that makes this movie unenjoyable. If you consider yourself to be half way intelligent you won't like this movie. — Jake2100

Enjoyable for the family
★★★★★
3 stars for me and 4 for the kids — T_aidy

Is this a Walt Disney movie ???? Very Comical !!
★★★★★
Well a few things to take from this movie 1. The President knows how to act " TOUGH " 2. The President is too much a P**Y to jump out of the box ( freezer ) 3. The dad " Cheated for his Son " he killed it for his son and setup the freezer on top of the MOUNTAIN . Well for 99 cents on iTunes , it was comical and a lot of flaws throughout , but I didn't mind . — Helmi Younan

Very Entertaining
★★★★
A lovely and fun movie. The conversation between the president and Oskari is just great 😄 — Sifu Emir

Absurd
★★★★
I was embarrassed for Samuel L., he certainly can’t need the money that bad. — Big cod

The Worst, lucky to get one star!
★★★★
Big fan of Sam L , but oh my god if this wasn't one of the absolute worst movies I've ever seen. Plot awful and predictable plus the Acting even worse!! This movie is not worth it for free!! — Adm10

Big fun for a 10 year old boy
★★★★★
Essentially a live action cartoon for pre-pubescents. Not badly done — if you don’t mind your kids being indoctrinated with stereotypical middle-eastern bad guys, evil British master-minds and trite patriotic hoopla. — bobo4u

Ok
★★★★★
Good! — mmustran

Sam has hit rock bottom
★★★★
Yet another bomb — Shenanigans on this

74%?
★★★★★
Pretty much seals my fate on TR and their top critics. Anything with 74% IS TERRIBLE and 5% is most likely a blockbuster movie! — @mikegilroyak

Too Short
★★★★★
Not only was the movie too short, but the president character was too often an incompetent coward, which was embarrassing to watch even on a fictional president. Just as the movie starts to catch its stride, it’s already over. That was the biggest disappointment. I liked the young boy, though. His acting was better than Samuel Jackson’s. — Marchant 2

What on earth
★★★★
It is like the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be. One minute is is like “Air Force One” with Harrison Ford and the other it is “Game Plan” with Dwayne Johnson. Lot of coincidences that are way too much for a script. Finding the freezer, the president’s shoe, the dead agents and of course tumbling down a mountain in a freezer to land face up in a river only to be taken to the downed Air Force One. So bad it is actually funny. — debrody

Rite of Passage Evolved
★★★★★
There were some weak parts to the plot. However, the movie was quite entertaining. The juxtaposing of a traditional rite of passage with the image of the US president in peril is quite a fun development as you see some beautiful landscapes combined with pursuit and action. — MozzaPozza

Rotten tomatoes is a joke
★★★★
Don't use rotten tomatoes to influence your purchasing decisions. I saw the high rating they gave this movie and went for it. This movie is horrible. I wish I had more hands to give this at least five thumbs down. — Southymic

AWFUL
★★★★
Sooooo Stupid and Dumb.... nothing about this film is good. — Groomer241

Rotten Tomatoes is Ridiculous
★★★★
If the movie is horrid rotten tomatoes loves it… If the movie is great they hate it. This movie is a perfect example… mind numbingly stupid… — AaronA47274

Wretched!
★★★★
Almost worse than Popeye with Robin Williams. The Chevy Vega of movies. You’ve been forewarned. — gjblanchard

Not what I expected...
★★★★★
I wish I had read the customer reviews first before actually paying for it. It was amusing, but predictable. I have no idea how this movie achieved a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. — Belgonyc

Hollow
★★★★★
While not as bad a movie as Zombeavers it seemed like it missed something just hollow, The acting was barely acceptable, the action was anticlimactic and the plot was just mehh… I wanted it to be more but it was predictable and there wasn’t a single original idea throughout. A lot of good actors I’m just curious if they were involved because they need a to pay off their Bentley’s. — Viralhappy

No Game
★★★★
Samuel L Jackson must not know how to say NO to any script. Sad. — typ356

Great movie!
★★★★★
Sometimes hope comes from an unexpected person. — jluisito

Worst movie ever!
★★★★
Very bad very very disappointed. — Blue eyed skull

BORING
★★★★
So little happened. Just absurdly bad and boring. — Rakoh

What?
★★★★
Wait, I’ve seen this movie before…a thousand flippin’ times - like a bad dream that just won’t stop. Poorly written, horribly overdone... — psymbolik

??ENDING??
★★★★★
Good beginning, Bad ending.. Did you download it all to me? — CRTV||CRTR

Dumb and Cheesy
★★★★
Really bad.. bad acting, bad scripts, bad effects.. it is so stupid and a repetitive plot, bad, bad movie. — RICARZ

Loved it!
★★★★★
I miss action movies like this. Reminds me of something from the late 80's early 90's. Has action and humor. — JennaAz

crap
★★★★
If I could rate it “0” I would. Total rubbish. My 9-10 year old children also thought it was total rubbish. — eurocookie

Ehhhh?!
★★★★★
There are some good parts, but mostly bad — Agrvxjd

Much better than expected, family action
★★★★★
This movie can actually be seen with kids as well. It has a child hero and despite the explosions, rockets and everything falling to the ground and blowing op again more than one time, it’s a great movie. Sweet, fun, action-packed. And it is in a secret country nobody ever heard about, “Finland” … I bet it got a few people googling if that country exists. — overgaardcom

Without a doubt, the WORST movie I’ve seen in SEVERAL years
★★★★
OH my Gosh. What a waste of time. I’m not normally someone that’s picky about movies. I will happily watch ALMOST anything, and be okay with even mediocre movies, if they’re even halfway enjoyable. This one WASN’T. It was SUCH bad acting, SUCH bad writing, and SO dumb, that I thought it should have been written for the 7 to 8 year old crowd…except that because of the language, blood, and violence, it is not at all appropriate for kids. Thus, I have NO idea who the intended target audience is. I have never felt moved to write a movie review before… No movie has been so good, nor so bad. This one was SO, SO, SO SO SO SO bad, that I wanted to warn people not to waste even a single dollar, let alone SEVEN dollars on it….let alone the time it takes to sit through it. It would be more fun to watch paint dry. Be warned. Do I have to give it even ONE star???? — Homeschooling dad

How did Samuel Jackson get reduced to this?
★★★★
I actually paid to purchase this solely on the fact he was in it...and he is never a letdown. Interesting premise, but terrible execution. From dialogue to plot to special effects. Its terrible...just terrible. — exBFF

Good idea before it became a movie
★★★★★
This was borderline entertaining vs. unbelievable, in a bad way. I’m one for improbable stories, however this movie breaches the bounds of believable from even basic storyline and cinematographic bases. — calebw22

Bad
★★★★
Rotten Tomatoes wrong again. They said it was good, but it was bad. — Dino101

Movie not playing
★★★★★
I purchased this movie twice due to the fact that I have not been able to play it at all. Can you help me please and reimburse me for the second order please. — GRACIANI Valderrama

الفلام
★★★★★
حلو الفلم — عجيبه العبه حيل

Cute
★★★★
This is not your typical “action” packed movie. Be open minded and don’t see it just about guns and the US President; Look at it from what the “boy” in the movie has learned and how his father was not a believer in him. — gabibbo_69

Great movie!
★★★★★
Don't listen to the haters! This was a very entertaining movie. Watched it during a flight and never got bored. 👍🏻👍🏻 — MysticMaven

There's a conspiracy to shut Sam Jackson down
★★★★★
Sam Jackson is mysteriously absent from Captain America 3. Big game did not get a theatrical release. Sam hasn't been in the media. Someone or some organization is keeping him down for some unspecified reason. Anyone here criticizing this movie is a operative working against nick fury. — DK the drift kid