Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
What if Escape From New York took place in a Finnish forest with a teen-aged Snake Plisskin out to rescue the President of the United States? In the film Big Game, which comes from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander, Samuel L. Jackson is the POTUS, shot out of the sky when Air Force One is targeted. He is found by a young man played by Onni Tommila of Rare Exports — the kid is on a hunting adventure to prove his manhood, and stumbles into a very unusual sort of hunt. Check out the Big Game trailer below.
There are quite a few influences recognizable just from that trailer: everything from The Most Dangerous Game to (again) Escape From New York, and maybe even stuff like Cliffhanger and First Blood. It all has a real CG sheen, but that’s how you do big action setpieces on a relatively limited budget, and with a child actor in the lead.
There’s no US release set for Big Game just yet. Trailer via Film Divider.
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Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attack, the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman, in this thriller co-starring Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman. In the rugged Finnish countryside, timid thirteen-year-old Oskari (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. As Oskari wanders the vast forest, the night is ripped apart by a deafening crash. Following a trail of broken trees and burning debris, Oskari discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the battered and bruised President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). With a team of terrorists hot on the president’s trail, the life of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a teenage woodsman — and this unlikely duo is soon plunged into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, with the clock ticking down towards disaster.