Big Game DVD Review

From here I can see the plane....

William Allan Moore is a president on the edge. He is on his way to Norway but is facing rebellion at home. Oskari has even more to worry about than the free world. He is about to turn 14 and he has been sent into the wild and told bring back a kill. The bigger the better. Otherwise he will be shamed and the village will reject him. So when William Allan Moore is sent to the wilderness and stranded due to a terrorist attack, he cant believe his misfortune. He is rescued by Oskari and they together have to make it back to civilization, alive and within two days. They also have to avoid some crazy terrorists and a slightly mad series of refrigerated devices.

In the world of action films, the 1980s and 1990s have a real hold over all. It was the era that brought big bangs and even bigger blows. These often were at the expense of story or even logic. Often dealing with the use of force and the use of modern weaponary. Then came the 1990s where these thrills and spills were bigger but the ideas were a little sharper. They often dealt with government conspiracy and alien powers.

Thats not the way to fly...

So along comes a film that is almost a homage to the 80s but wants to reclaim some of the 90s credits. It wants the thrills but also wants the audience to act with the story. Though it wants it simple enough to match its explosive events. It wants ideas and also a blockbuster sensibility. Does it succeed in this? Well in a word NO. What it does do well is this. The characters are well worth time in their company. They are both tough and fun. William Allan Moore (Samuel L Jackson) is great as a president that is a lame duck. It is almost a nod to Obama and a nod to the position he finds himself in. Onni Tommila is very energetic and gives his all. He his a tough fighter and has a sharp eye but dry enough wit. Broadbent is excellent as the dodgy CIA bloke. Ted Levine is still trying shake off Buffalo Bill but is fun and then of course we have Victor Garber as the VP. Wet, Slimey and even a little grotty. He is very good as all three. These all help the film along and have you in a kind of…it works thing. It makes you feel that there was something there and it might have been something worth your time working on.

That reindeer disguise is awful...

Sad thing is that Jalmari Helander has produced a film that is deviod of anything that makes it worth more than a Saturday night in front of the screen. It is big bangs and cold action. Some of it is funny but lacks anything like the 80s films. They had great lines and even greater set pieces. They also had cardboard characters. So that is one problem. To much work on the people walking through your script. the 90s films then might be where it is looking. Sadly it missed here as well. The action is big but it is so hollow and so dull. Bang…Blah, Boom…Blah.  Sad really…

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