Finland's Taistelukenttä Is The Best War Movie You've Never Seen

Charlie Gao

Key point: Modern war is far more multidomain, faster, and kinetic than war in the 1990s, and the trailer reflects that.

The pedagogical value of short films for military recruits is well known to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). In some units, every class sees some short films that are meant to prepare them in some way for their jobs as soldiers. One of the most prolific of these films is Taistelukenttä, or Battlefield, which has achieved near legendary status among those who served. But the original version of the film was produced in the 1990s, with the backdrop of the Yugoslav and Gulf wars. In order to prepare conscripts for potential conflicts in 2020 or further into the future, the FDF is commissioning an updated version of the film, the trailer for which dropped on January 13, 2020. 

The trailer shows that the film is updated stylistically and thematically in how it presents the outbreak of war for Finland. In looking at the differences between the trailer and the original film, it may provide an interesting perspective into how warfare has changed in the last 30 years. 

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