I would love to write a thesis on what it’s like making action movies about the President of the US in 2017. What would Air Force One look like? All The President’s Men? Executive Decision? Is it a coincidence that White Olympus House Down Fallen or whatever is the last US Pres focused action movie to come out?
Well back in 2014, Finland’s Jalmari Helander pumped out the President focused action of your dreams with Big Game.
Coming off of the success of the straight up weird (and excellent) Rare Exports (prep for that entry near the holidays), Jalmari applied his wacky style to the “save the pres” genre.
Samuel L. Jackson stars alongside young Onni Tommila as the US President who is marooned in Finland after a failed attempt at his kidnapping causing an Air Force One Crash. Onni, as Oskari, the skilled young camper, stumbles across the pres and the pair go on an exciting adventure through the woods. Oskari is out hunting and camping to prove himself as a man to his village, and the pres stumbles right in to give him the opportunity.
This absolutely ridiculous spin on the genre adds an entire level of fun to an otherwise Clancy written Ford starring version of the same. Take a trip back to a time when these movies were a fun spin on reality. This is EASILY one of my favourite camp action movies, and of those, there are many.
Great if you liked: Rare Exports, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Air Force One, Con Air, All the President’s Men, Independence Day