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Parents' Guide to

Big Game

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Action-adventure is entertaining despite hard-to-buy plot.

Movie PG-13 2015 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

It’s really good

It’s really good barely swears and great for 10+ year olds

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (5 ):

If you've ever wondered what a Die Hard-style movie would be like with a butt-kicking teen as the hero, this is it. It's slightly ridiculous, generally unbelievable, but undeniably entertaining action adventure starring a young Finnish actor and a mellower-than-usual Jackson. BIG GAME requires a lot of suspension of disbelief ... and occasionally feels like a testosterone-spiked commercial for Finland -- "home of men so manly that even the 13-year-olds can single-handedly save a United States president."

But the chemistry between Tommila and Jackson is surprisingly good, and despite Tommila's thickly accented English, he manages to give a nuanced performance as a boy desperate to prove he's as tough as his father and grandfather -- but also someone who's willing to help a (powerful) stranger, even if it means risking his life. Jackson is much quieter and considerably less scowly than he usually is, and it works. The plot line is rather predictable and the score overwrought, but despite the movie's occasionally over-the-top nuttiness -- usually in the form of a billionaire terrorist (Mehmet Kurtulus), who at one point announces he wants to kill, freeze, stuff, and mount the president like his other hunting trophies -- this is the kind of action movie that makes for a fabulous guilty pleasure pick.

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