This is a great Finnish war/action movie that almost looks like a Tarantino movie at times. It begins as a western type of movie with a man digging for gold in Lapland in 1944. He gets lucky and he finds a lot of gold.
We'll learn later that this man is in fact a legendary ex-soldier named Aatami Korpi [Jorma Tommila], who has killed at least 300 Russians in the days of the Winter War. A Finnish Rambo and a killing machine.
"Sisu" is a Finnish word that means something like: strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. It means never giving up, no matter what the odds are.
While trying to bring the gold back to the city he runs into a Waffen-SS division full of some very evil Nazis that are on their way to Norway. The Nazis steal his gold and this is the beginning of an orgy of ultra violence and revenge.
"He is not immortal, he just refuses to die."
You got to throw your brain away before you watch this movie, but then there is a good chance you'll enjoy it. What it lacks for in realism and logic, it fully compensates for in violence, gore, action and a lovely sick sense of humor. It is a movie with limited dialogue and you've got to accept that the Germans speak English with a strange accent.
The special effects are nicely done with what I expect was a fairly limited budget. It looks better than many Hollywood movies and the violence is a lot more brutal and explicit. I'm glad I went to the cinema and watched this little Finnish gem today. I am going to be watching it again when it gets released on Blu-ray. It is a great b-movie with a perfect length of 91 minutes.
The movie is divided into 6 chapters:
- The Gold
- The Nazis
- The Minefield
- The Legend
- The Scorched Earth
- Kill 'Em All - The Final Chapter.