Iron Sky, that movie about space Nazis from the dark side of the Moon has been getting attention from a lot of people simply on its premise alone. If you’re going to watch this movie, you’re going to have to relax a little and leave your logic at home. It is after all, a movie about Nazis setting up a base on the dark side of the Moon in 1945 with the intention of returning to invade Earth, turning it into a pure Aryan utopia.
The film is in English and German, and its plot centres around an American presidential campaign in 2018 and an impeding moon Nazi invasion. Astronauts are sent to the moon to search for helium-3 as part of a bid by the American president (a Sarah Palin look-alike) to get re-elected. Their mission is derailed by the presence of the 4th Reich on the moon. The arrival of the American astronauts then forces the Space Nazis to accelerate their invasion plans to rain down fire on the Earth in a Meteoblitzkrieg. To do so, Space Nazi agents head to Earth to prepare the way for the main invasion force and acquire an important piece of Earthling technology. As fate would have it, this results in Space Nazis working hand in hand with the re-election campaign. Hilarity and epic space battles ensue.
This movie is satire. Because of this, some people just won’t get it. Others, however, will delight at how the current world political system is mocked. Topics such as race, technology and man’s thirst for power are also played with. The style of humour may be different than what some are used to, but if you can adjust to reading subtitles and laughing at the Finnish, you will definitely enjoy yourself. Iron Sky has a lot to say, but the important thing to keep in mind while watching this visually stunning science fiction is this:
This film is about Space Nazis from the dark side of the Moon.
The only failing of Iron Sky is that it plays the “I’m a bad movie and I know it, but bear with me because this is going to be funny” card. The acting won’t be found amazing by most (you critical bastards) and if you like things being explained, you might leave being a little pissed off.
The great thing about these failings is that if you go into Iron Sky having had accepted the level of inconsistency that comes hand in hand with the basic idea of Space Nazis from the Moon, then you won’t even mind when, for example, Nazi anti-gravity technology isn’t mentioned once.
There are also some interesting criticisms on Fascism and the current state of the world, but in watching this it’s important that one not lose sight of what’s actually going on.
Give this movie the consideration it deserves (which is a surprisingly large amount), relax and enjoy. The comedy isn’t over the top and isn’t even present all that often. But Iron Sky is what you’ve been wanting out of a science fiction movie, even if you didn’t know it.
I fucking loved this movie, by the way.
(Has flaws, extremely fun to watch and stays with you afterwards. Does not have Nicolas Cage in it.)
Review by Jake T.
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