If you didn’t catch 2010’s Rare Exports from Finnish director Jalmari Helander you missed out on a treat. It’s the sort of Christmas movie that puts the ‘dark’ festive films such as Gremlins and Bad Santa to shame – there’s geriatric genitalia and I don’t think It’s a Wonderful Life was as bold as that.
Helander’s follow up looks to be just as nuts. the last gasp pitch is this: President Samuel L. Jackson crash lands in a forest where, pursued by terrorists, he teams up with a young boy on his own mission to become a man. With massive military hardware, and lots of explosions and a genuinely pleasing variety of beard.
The film played well at TIFF last year and having Samuel L. Jackson along for the admittedly very silly-looking ride will bring in the Snakes on a Plane crowd. And it has Jim Broadbent in it – so it’s automatically a must-see.
For my money it looks nuts. And that’s good. UK release date to follow – get this one on your radar.
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him – a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod.
With the terrorists closing in to capture their own “Big Game” prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.