Action Movies, by Mike Richardson, 16 August 2012

Director: Timo Vuorensola

Stars: Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant and Udo Kier

Country: USA

Runtime: 93 min

Release Date:

Language: English

This is your chance to get on-board a cult film at ground zero. Iron Sky is a net-spawned, sci-fi, war, exploitation flick which puts 90% of Hollywood blockbusters to shame (even if it’s not that good). Iron Sky kicks off in 2018 and things take a turn for the surreal when an American lunar mission discovers something very “Nazi” on the dark side of the Moon, it’s not some clunky robots in disguise it’s a huge Swastika shaped moon base that puts Transformers 3 in the shade for starters.

Iron Sky

Iron Sky

These space Nazis don’t take kindly to being discovered and plan on invading Earth, which allows the incumbent, ultra right-wing US President (Stephanie Paul) who bears more than a passing resemblance to Sarah Palin and her Presidential-aide, Vivian Wagner (Peta Sergeant) a chance to reinvigorate the President’s faltering re-election campaign, because, “All presidents who start a war in their first term get re-elected.”

At this point we should be been treated to laughs and silly thrills in equal measure but Iron Sky lacks the conviction to deliver on its potential, a film was trumpeted with the tagline “In 1945, Nazis went to the moon; in 2018, they’re coming back” it immediately stated its case as a space oddity B-movie.

The (excellent) German cast (Dietze, Kier in particular) seem to have got it spot on when it comes to “thein kamf” performances, but the Americans seemed to be less comfortable with this outlandish farce as satire, although the script is equally confused for the segments of the film taking place away from the “lunar Reich”. I wanted to like Iron Sky (a lot) but despite the fun to be had; with the Palin President being cleverer and funnier than anything seen in “Nailin’ Palin”, overall the laughs are too few and far between, and the funniest thing about the film is the concept.

There are some nice touches and golden moments, for instance the Nazi spaceships are named after operas in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle. “Rheingold”, “Walkure”, “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung”, the Moon Nazi invasion on Earth begins at precisely 5:45 a.m, exactly the same time that the German invasion of Poland that triggered World War Two began, and the invasion is at least ballsey only enough to attack some famous US landmarks (the statue of liberty is kaput!) exactly as The Day After Tomorrow failed to do.
But the biggest problem with Iron Sky is the script which seems to but they lack the courage of its concept it fails as both farce and satire and while the SFX are impressive and the fight scenes competent, it comes off as a missed opportunity.

Iron Sky deserves great credit for making it to the inside of the cinema at all. It is a Finnish/German/Australian co-production and more than 15% of funding was raised by fans, who are listed in the credits, however Revolver films who were responsible for its UK release, have only seen fit to grant it a one day coming out party which is a criminal waste considering some of the expensive dross on offer at present.

Fear not as Iron Sky is due out on DVD and Blu-Ray before the end of the month.

Iron Sky Trailer

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