Iron Sky (2012)

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Released:  Wednesday, April 4, 2012  
Length:  93 minutes
Studio: Entertainment One
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: Iron Sky is not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America


In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces? The Fourth Reich must act!

Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities.

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Iron Sky Theatrical Review

"Will everyone who doesn't think that Nazis on the moon is a funny idea, please leave the room."  Yes, that is what the basic plot of this magnificent homage to classic B-movies is.  Iron Sky is a partially crowd-funded indie film that is more than just that basic plot.  The final product ended up being the most expensive movie ever made in Finland, with scenes being shot both in Finland and in Australia.  But from how well the CGI is you can't really tell how low the final budget really was in comparison to modern major motion pictures – it's just the icing on the cake for a really enjoyable movie.  No, this isn't a movie about modern social problems, or how a girl ends up with a boy.  Take it for what it is – a true popcorn movie that will make you laugh and cheer.

The story is two-fold:  First, a group of Nazis escaped to Antarctica in 1945, where they launched a rocket to the moon and built a colony on the dark side.  There they stayed, developing their own technology for space flight and space weapons unknown to the rest of the world.  Until 2018, when the current U.S. President, who is a caricature of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama combined, decides that she needs to get a African-American on the moon in order to be reelected (this is the other part of the story, and plays a crucial part throughout) So she restarts the moon program, and sends two men to the moon, one of whom is an African-American actor.  Unknowingly they land right outside the Nazi base, setting the rest of the movie in motion.  The Nazis believe that the world is finally preparing for an attack, and they send two officers, Klaus (played by Götz Otto) and his bride-to-be, Renate (played by Julia Dietze), who happens to be the main expert on Earth culture.  The two of them meet the President in an almost The Mouse That Roared scenario and end up unknowingly aiding the President for a short while, before the rest of the Nazis show up.  Julia Dietze's take of Renate is one of the key aspects for this film, as her character is one that develops throughout the film.  Because of cult-like brainwashing, her character knows nothing of the bad things the Nazis did on Earth, and so watching her lose her innocence during the film is partially heartbreaking, but she is able to atone for her beliefs by the end.

The movie paces very well, with almost no parts that drag.  Some of the best parts have to do with the recurring jabs at modern culture, especially when seen from the eyes of a Nazi stuck with almost 1945s culture.  From the size of computers, North Korea, George W Bush, and even a parody of the Downfall parodies that show up on YouTube, this movie is the near flawless mix of action and humor in an splendid homage to classic B-movies.


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