A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Standard action movie heroes and villains.
Set in Finland and other Baltic countries. One of the lead characters is a biracial woman. One minor character is Black.
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Violence & Scariness
Action movie with military violence throughout. A child is shot and killed during what appears to be a home invasion. Fighting with assault weapons, guns, rocket launchers. Characters shot and killed. Characters maced, tied up, pistol-whipped. One death due to a slit throat. Vehicle chases, including one resulting in a vehicle flipping over several times. Fighting with punches and kicks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sexual relations -- two of the lead characters shown in a hotel room on the morning after sex is suggested between the two.
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"F--k" often used. Also "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and shot drinking in a bar. Wine drinking in a hotel room. Champagne drinking. Vodka drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Attack on Finland is a 2022 Finnish action movie in which the president of Finland is taken hostage on Finnish Independence Day. Expect a fair amount of military violence -- lots of shootouts with assault weapons, guns, rocket launchers. Characters are shot and killed at close range. One character's throat is slit. A child is shot and killed in the middle of what appears to be a home invasion. Cigarette smoking. Beer and alcohol drinking. In Finnish, with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a decent if not great Finnish action movie. Attack on Finland is set on Finnish Independence Day, and the epic scope of the first half hour or so is reminiscent of other epic action movies, and even disaster movies from the 1970s, as every major character is introduced and explained. It takes a while to get to the titular attack on Finland, and after that, it's the proverbial "tense hostage situation" we've seen in other action movies before it gets interesting.
Despite the slow pace of the beginning, and a reliance on action movie cliches in both characters and action, the movie does go in some unexpected directions. Most of the good and bad characters are developed more than in the typical action movie, and there is a payoff to all of this. Even with these unusual story twists, though, it's still a pretty standard action movie.
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