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Review of The Unknown Soldier


I didn’t had any huge expectations towards this movie, considering I have seen Edvin Laine’s original film countless times and remembered almost every scene by heart. But this version was definitely best of three films adapted from Väinö Linna’s book by same name.
Sets, sound effects, real explosions, realistic atmosphere and great acting were main reasons which made this movie great Finnish war film.
Jussi Vatanen and Eero Aho were definitely best on their roles from the cast.
I was little bummed out when Vatanen’s character Koskela died (spoilers). I didn’t remembered his fate and it caught me by surprise. He also showed that he can act dramatic roles as well and not only comedic, where his work is mainly known from. I liked his emotionless and cool personality, which is shaped him like that by the evilness of war.
Eero Aho’s Rokka was quit opposite. His effervescent personality and cunning words stoled every scene where he was in. Especially the scene in trench in night time where he fights against four Russian soldiers by himself was pretty bad ass.
Also the final fight in the river bank and in it with intensely silent score playing on the background and excruciatingly thrilling mood, was my favorite scene in the movie.
This movie deserves all the phrases it has get and I would like to see the full, four hours cut which they’re planing to show in Finnish Tv in form of mini series sometimes in near future. Maybe the rating will rise when I can see it in its full glory.
There was few lacking characterization and weird editing time jumps which clearly ended up in editing floor so the theatrical release wouldn’t be too long.

Added by MarkusT90
6 years ago on 8 April 2018 11:48