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Rukajärven tie (Ambush) (2002)

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The brutal effect of war on ordinary people is the subtext of this World War II drama from Finland. Perkola (Peter Franzen) is the leader of a small Finnish platoon sent on a mission into Russian territory in 1942. Perkola has been terribly upset since he was told that his fiancée, a nurse, was killed in battle. As the war progresses, Perkola finds that he and his men are slowly becoming capable of acts of shocking violence he would have believed unthinkable as a civilian. Rukajarven tie/Ambush


Art House & International, Drama

Olli Saarela

Apr 23, 2002


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[It has] a humanist touch that stands at odds with the film's wholesale demonizing of the scattered Soviet army.

October 3, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
L.A. Weekly
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Affecting and wholly accessible, but it is as conventional as it is well-crafted.

June 5, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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A beautifully shot and finely acted movie, thankfully slower in pace than the typical post-Private Ryan American war film.

April 4, 2002
New Times

Audience Reviews for Rukajärven tie (Ambush)

A really good foreign movie. Plenty of action, and romance. It also had some silly stuff which always makes me like movies even better.
October 14, 2010

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[font=Century Gothic][color=royalblue]"Ambush" is about a group of Finnish soldiers in a platoon who are invading the Soviet Union in 1941. This is not a bad movie but there is nothing here that we have not seen before, except for the setting, perhaps. Most of the movie resembles "Platoon" in that these soldiers are wandering into unknown territory against a shadowy enemy. The idyllic beginning is straight out of "Stalingrad." Plus, there is one absolutely unbelievable moment late in the film.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#4169e1]Some of the soldiers mention a "Winter War" which got me to do some research online at Wikipedia. The "Winter War" was an opening act in World War II, as the Soviet Union as part of its pact with Germany, sought to recapture Finland which had become independent in 1917. "Ambush" takes place at the beginning of the "Continuation War" which would extend to 1944. So, it seems that these two conflicts could be seen more as a continuing conflict between the two countries, rather than as a major part of World War II.[/color][/font]
February 1, 2005
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