Righteous Kill: Our Review of ‘Sisu’

Posted in Theatrical by - April 28, 2023
Righteous Kill: Our Review of ‘Sisu’

Aatami Koroi (Jorma Tommila) is an older WWII era Finn who finds enough gold to fill his little satchel. Nazis, however, come to the territory, scorching all of Finland to avenge losing the country to the Soviets. In a logical world, Aatami is in danger as he faces a bunch of men with guns and tanks, but this is not a logical movie. And instead, what we see is a battle between a modern day David versus Goliath, where Aatami can throw stones and stab and shoot one Nazi at a time. But this isn’t just a typical shoot ’em up story. Aatatmi and the Nazis take turns being the cat and the mouse. All of this takes place in Sami territory. It’s a beautiful place that the Nazis see as a playground for them to bomb and to pillage. Unless someone stops them.

Jalmari Helander’s Sisu divides its stories in chapters. And the viewers know what chapter they’re in through title cards reminiscent of 1970s B movies. One of those chapters show Aatami and the Nazis go through a minefield that the latter planted. But of course, Aatami finds a way to kill the Nazis using their own weapons. During the intro, I mention David and Goliath because he literally throws a stone at a mine to destroy a tank. “Yes, this is awesome” is the normal human response. However, scenes like this show how small Aatami is, making his victories all the more sweet. I liked seeing scenes like this with a respectful crowd but there’s a part of me that wishes I saw this with a raucous layman crowd who appreciate such explosions and earned kills.

The only gripe I have against Sisu, and it’s a big one, is the details within its screenplay. There’s a disjointed prologue that explains Finland’s place during the war. Although in fairness, at least ti admits to being on both sides instead of some movies that hide that fact altogether. Two of the main Nazis (Aksel Hennie and Jack Doolan) also exist so that their lines can serve as expository dialogue to explain Aatami’s real identity. The same goes for one of girls and women (Mimosa Willamo) whom the Nazis take with them for obvious reasons. She eventually explains more of Aatami’s legend. But did I make some fingersnaps as she and the other girls and woment ake the guns from the Nazis? Yes I did. I also had the same reaction, again, every time Aatami killed more Nazis, and hopefully, you will too.

  • Release Date: 4/21/2023
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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watches movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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