Movie Review: Iron Sky

The other day, I went to see Iron Sky. It has been surprisingly widely spread. The team behind it are mostly German, Australian and Finnish – which is a big reason why it was half of a must-see for me.

The main reason, however, is that it’s about Nazis from the moon.

Yup. It’s rather epic. Let me quote from the official website:

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.

Some people said it wasn’t so good. I didn’t agree. There were probably about twenty of us at the shows, seeing as it was two months after the premiere, and my friend and I were the only ones to laugh. (This might be because the rest of the audience was quite a lot younger than us. Or it might just be that our sense of humour is somehow weird.) It was a good story, it was fun, it was visually beautiful, and the special effects were surprisingly good. It helps if you’re interested in Nazis – and before anyone accuses me of anything, it’s a theoretical interest. And, ladies, SS uniforms.

So if you have a chance, go see it. It’s only about an hour and a half of your life, and even if it doesn’t blow up your mind or retinae, you’ll be thoroughly entertained. I’ll also take this chance to tell you guys how much I love multi-lingual films! This one has got only German and English (mainly the latter), but it’s immediately much nicer than just one language, in a film with more than one nationality.

Oh, and Stephanie Paul does so great I just start grinning every time I see her.

Moon Nazis! Go see!

Iron Sky (2012)

Director: Timo Vuorensola

Starring: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Stephanie Paul, Udo Kier, Peta Sergeant


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