A young Finn (Rare Exports’ Onni Tommila), hungry to prove himself to his hunter father, camps out alone in the Lapp wilderness, only to encounter a ruffled US president (Sam Jackson, typically bug-eyed and atypically panicky) after a fishy terror attack downs Air Force One. Despite some points for spectacle, casting (a down-at-heel Jim Broadbent the highlight) and the daffy originality of its plot device, the caper crash lands between two poles: brutal action and somewhat dopey, kid-friendly self-discovery.
Big Game | Directed by Jalmari Helander (Finland, Germany, UK 2014) with Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila. Starts June 18
Originally published in issue #139, June 2015.