The Finnish film documenting the true, ghastly nature of Santa Clause looked like it could be exploitation horror fun, but instead will leave you with question marks dangling over your head. The film makes huge leaps in narrative logic, in one case young Pietari deducing from explosions on a mountain, “Santa’s under there!”
Nothing implies such a statement and Pietari’s proclamation stands in for the film’s inability to expose such a key plot detail in any other fashion. Which is emblematic for the rest of the film, including the moment Pietari, hitherto a weakling, suddenly becomes Rambo as he organizes helicopter pickups and heroic gestures. Everything is inexplicable in Finland evidently.
Some of the issues could stem from a terrible subtitle translation, but most of the awful simply stems from bad storytelling. Cool idea, terrible execution. Don’t even bother renting.
Today is Christmas. Here are some videos to celebrate.
First, let’s drop a little knowledge on ya’.
In order for a film to qualify for the Academy Awards, it must be released theatrically before December 31st of a given year. So December is when the drama train comes through after the pipe bomb explosion of summer blockbusters. This year in particular, there is a lot to look forward to.
:note: Films listed as limited are those being released in New York City, L.A., and possibly Chicago. This allows the film to receive exposure in the major markets and if it does well, get rolled out to other cities. Continue reading
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