Magazine article Screen International

Finnish War Movie 'Unknown Soldier' Sets Explosives Record, Watch Video (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Finnish War Movie 'Unknown Soldier' Sets Explosives Record, Watch Video (Exclusive)

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Movie used more than 70kg of TNT in one take.

Unknown Soldier

Finnish war epic Unknown Soldier has taken more than $14m at the local box office, making it the biggest film ever in the territory since modern records began in the 1970s. In the same period, the 830,000 admissions for the movie are second only to Titanic. The film also drew 20,000 people to its Swedish debut last weekend, also a record for a Finnish film.

Box office records aren’t the only milestones the film is crossing.

Aku Louhimies’ historical epic, which cost around [Euro]7m, has also smashed the Guinness World Record for the most high-explosives detonated in a film take.

In one shot, the team used 64.8kg of high explosives with a TNT equivalent of 70.5kg.

Guinness World Records attempt for Most high explosives detonated in a single film take from Duncan Capp on Vimeo.

The June 2016 simulation of an artillery bombardment of a Russian bunker included eleven ground explosions and fifteen tree explosions. The explosions were carried out on a military base in an area where trees were due to be culled for construction purposes. …

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