Movie Review – Sisu


Every so often you come across a movie that might otherwise fly under your radar. It’s not a massive franchise but it has all the elements of being a cult hit and more often they end up being action movies. From Shoot ‘Em Up to Violent Night we do love a standalone action flick and if it’s one that involves taking out Nazi’s then all the better.

Sisu has all the right DNA for that sort of hit with it answering the question of what would happen if John Wick lived in World War II times and also, didn’t talk as much. Sisu is exactly that, but set in Finland and with a Finnish Commando and not a Russian Crime Family Hitman.

See during WWII Finalnd initially joined the war fighting against the Soviet Union which put them in concert with Nazi Germany. This was due to a number of factors but mostly the Russian Empire having made multiple attempts to seize Finalnd which had led to the Finnish Civil War during the same period as WWI. During WWII the Soviet Union attempted to annex Finland which led to looking to Nazi Germany for military aid. However before the end of the war Germany forces agreed to leave Finland but in doing so adopted a scotched earth policy in Finland destroying homes and towns.

While in a historically complicated time Sisu takes place during this period as German forces are moving across the northern end of Finland where an already retired from war prospector hits a motherload of gold. Finding his fortune the prospector packs up his gold to take it to the bank when he crosses paths with a Nazi troop. And in case you didn’t know, the Nazi’s were not nice people.

Largely set against a fairly barren Finland with only the occasional burnt structure Sisu is part Inglorious Bastards and part John Wick as it is revealed the prospector the Nazi’s are trying to kill for his gold is ex-special forces. And much like John Wick he takes a lot of punishment and keeps getting up.

Sisu is a pretty violent action film but in places almost comedic in the overexaggerated way that body parts fly. From being chased by tank, then through minefields, the prospector is one of a single minded will which is where the film name comes from, Sisu being a stoic determination, grit, bravery, resilience and hardiness being a term from the Finns. Very much a self contained film this one is largely set against the backdrop of the Finnish wilderness with flat ground and dirt roads being the main places the film takes place.

So should you go see it? If you are a fan of action films and share Henry Jones Jnr, Jake and Elwood Blues’ opinion of Nazis this is a definite must see. There is a lot of stuff out to watch right now with some really big budget films so this one might be easy to miss, but if you love action in the vein of Die Hard where the main hero is not bulletproof, Sisu should be on you watch list as we love a low budget action film when it’s done right.

Sisu is in cinemas across Australia from today.

Andrew B

Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.

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Andrew B
Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.
movie-review-sisuSisu combines a Tarantino like approach to the Nazi's with a John Wick like approach to trying to not get shot as many times as you shoot the other guy. While not the most complex story it is one that will no doubt be a cult hit with some action movie lovers. P.S. You don't have to stay until the end of the credits, you aren't going to miss anything.