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Grit and Bear It

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Plot Overview

David and Goliath

reindeerFollowing the Finland–Moscow Armistice of 1944, the Nazis are retreating under a scorched earth policy. Finnish commando Aatami "Koshi the immortal" McGordy (Jorma Tommila) is doing some opportunistic prospecting in Lapland. On his way to market he crosses paths with a Nazi company headed the other direction and engages them in a David & Goliath type contest to recover his gold they stole. He gets to vindicate his rep for survival against long odds.


hand crank ice cream makerHere we have a military conflict à la, (Prov. 30:33) “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” The idea in the proverb is that a state of peace and conciliation can change to one of war just as a liquid (milk) can change to solid (butter) through constant agitation (churning.) Or hit a critical area (nose) and it bleeds. The former is illustrated in a hanging scene where the unstable rope slowly slips its moorings until all at once it's freed. The latter is illustrated using a sap's slit throat to breathe through under­water, with all the blood.

The retreating Germans continually ravish the docile countryside until all at once they mess with the wrong party who turns into a “one man [w/several women] death squad.” He was prepared to let them pass on their way until they took his gold and killed his horse. Shouldn't have oughta done that.

Production Values

” was directed by Jalmari Helander. It stars Jorma Tommila as Aatami, an erstwhile forward scout turned solitary civilian prospector. His performance was rock solid. Also featured are Aksel Hennie, Jack Doolan and Mimosa Willamo. The captured women were culturally reticent until they spoke Finnish (with subtitles) towards the end. The rest of the movie was in a natural sounding English standing, we suppose, for German. Spoken lines were few and to the point.

MPAA rated it R for strong bloody violence, gore and language. Kjell Lager­roos's cinema­tog­raphy captures Lapland's natural beauty and confers to it an epic dimension. The stark country­side and dark, earth tone out­fits keep it grounded. The CGI is sub­standard. It has a run­time of 1½ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

crucifiedThis film takes hold of a soldier's fatalism waiting for the bullet that has his name on it. Here if the bullets don't get him, other arms will, and surely the rope. In fact the noose that liked to choke him to death is prominently displayed after­wards next to the Nazi who tied it—and a rather shoddy job he did. In a land of a master race due to be hanged for their war crimes, white Scandin­avians hanging en masse from poles, and a Russian army sans any “nyiggers” whatsoever, the blacks are safe in Africa or America or wherever. My city council has banned noose displays, so I saw Sisu in an adjoining town that has no such ban. With enough input we can sort things out our own selves; that's the idea of free speech.

This is a grim tale of total war featuring the dadblangedest character ever to darken a battle­field; he takes untold abuse and dishes it right back. If you like that kind of thing you'll get a kick out of this one.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Wake up and smell the 1990s technology. Video Occasion: For special interest audiences. Suspense: Don't watch this movie alone. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.