SISU review of the new action movie straight out of Finland
I’m always ready for whuppin Nazi ass! Never threaten a man’s dog AND gold! The new action film from Jalmari Helander explodes into theatres on April 28th where Jorma Tommila plays a stoic gold prospector that finally strikes it rich his loyal dog and horse being the only companions for miles. As he makes his way back to civilization he comes across a caravan of nazi’s and a covered truck with women in the back being assaulted. He’s minding his own business and keeps going till he comes to a roadblock with some nazis that wanted to be nazis and bully our hero.
Once they threaten him, his dog, AND his gold we get a hyper blend of violence, humor, and revenge that is a mix of Die Hard, Rambo, and Airplane. Jalmari Helander takes his story and directs the HECK out of SISU. He can take his talented stars speak with just a glance between them and ups the feeling of fury till the end of his journey. The effective use of the wide spaces and cool clean air is almost another character as you see the beauty of the country and the ugliness of the invaders out to rape and steal any resource they can grab. Jorma Tommila and Aksel Hennie play off each other like a symphony where they both take it personally the other just won’t die. While the women led by Mimosa Willamo fear is palpable as they realize what the nazis have awakened. Jalmari does a great job of shooting where the cast is able to further deepen their connection with the characters by using their body, expression, and voices. I spoke with him about how I found his work to make the film so visual that language was not necessary to read the cast.
All in all, SISU is one of the best action movies I’ve seen. It has a great action story, a cast that truly committed to playing the roles and ate up every scene, as well as the action sequences that had me gasping.
I recommend seeing SISU in the theatre no matter what language you speak. The eyes and body tell the tale of a man that lets his inner demons out and the rest who will join him with lots of explosions and dark humor!