Renny Harlin lives! He didn't direct "Big Game" (and no, he's not dead), but the operatic nuttiness of Harlin's "Cliffhanger"-era action films is all over fellow Finn Jalmari Helander's B-movie throwback, a preposterous tale partnering an American president (
With terrorist kidnappers on their trail and a Pentagon war room confab (Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman and
Gleefully dumb but eager to entertain, this is cheeseball stuff baked with deliciously outsized performances and low comedy and photographed across mighty beautiful landscapes. Before a studio franchise snaps up Helander and ruins him, enjoy "Big Game" now while his muscular, glossy sense of play is eccentric and tongue-in-cheek.
MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense action, violence, language.
Running time: 1 hour, 26 minutes.