Here’s the movie you didn’t know you needed — an over-the-top Finnish Frontier Partisan yarn dripping with pulpy goodness that evokes the classic Men’s Adventure magazines of yore (looking at YOU Bob Deis!). In a world that valorizes weakness and victimhood, by Crom, we need us some SISU!
During the last desperate days of WWII, a solitary prospector (Jorma Tommila) crosses paths with Nazis on a scorched-earth retreat in northern Finland. When the Nazis steal his gold, they quickly discover they have just tangled with no ordinary miner. While there is no direct translation for the Finnish word “sisu”, this legendary ex-commando will embody what sisu means: a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds. And no matter what the Nazis throw at him, the one-man death squad will go to outrageous lengths to get his gold back – even if it means killing every Nazi in his path.
I’ll admit that in recent years I have developed a particular fondness for tales of grey-bearded old bastards who are dangerous to fuck about with. I have no idea why that is….