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Iron Sky (2012), the over-the-top Sci-Fi space-Nazi movie that will put a silly grin on your face.

June 22, 2019

MY CALL: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and Star Wars (1977) plus a dash of Sucker Punch (2011) form this genre-crossing mash-up of space Nazis invading the Earth. This may sound like a dumb B-movie, but it’s more like a B+ movie… on steroids.. Trust me, it’s fun.

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In this zany straight-to-DVD movie important questions are answered like “If we elect Sarah Palin into office will God smite us with space Nazis?” and “Can thousands of Nazis find sufficient resources on the moon to survive for 73 years?” This film also confirms conspiracy theorists’ notions that a cadre of Nazis did, in fact, escape to the moon in 1945, brought a tremendous amount of machinery to mine elemental resources, built space artillery and warships with room-sized computers that rival the 1970s in order to propagate an army to return to Earth and reclaim the world in the name of the Fuhrer.

Well, that’s evidently exactly what Nazis did in this story. They fled, somehow completely unnoticed, to the dark side of the moon where they developed weapons of mass destruction. But things get interesting when a lost—yes, “lost” on the moon—American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby; Daybreakers, Predestination, The Matrix: Reloaded & Revolutions) is captured in the year 2018. He’s black, which really perturbs the Nazis.

But they get over it when they discover that his cell phone evidently has 1000-times the computing power of all the Nazis’ computers combined. The real catch here, and the writers obviously saw how farcical this was, is that the Nazi “Death Star” wasn’t able to fly until they hooked up their ship’s computer main frame to a SmartPhone—which naturally he had on him… during a space mission… while moonwalking! You know, in case he wants to post a selfie in front of the Earth to Facebook.

So now the Nazis initiate a mission to send their spies to Earth to gather the additional SmartPhones they’ll need to launch a full assault on Earth. Renate (Julia Dietze) is a school teacher molding young space-Nazi minds and the resident expert on all things American and Earthling. She joins her future husband and Fuhrer-to-be Klaus Adler (Götz Otto; Cloud Atlas) on a mission to Earth with the now-Nazified-made-Caucasian Washington who will take them to his leader: President Palin. This is somewhat offensive, very funny and incredibly stupid. But hold on, it’s actually surprisingly well-acted! And, despite the nature of the content, it’s well-written and generally composed on-screen as well!

The physical action is a bit hokey-clumsy and the CGI, which accounts for almost all unearthly sets, spaceships and backgrounds, may be well-shy of theatrical quality but remains quite impressive for direct-to-DVD—it’s more than good-enough and I enjoyed it a lot. I loved the Nazi Moonbase, by the way. So cool!

Director Timo Vuorensola has developed a zany idea into something so much more than its silly premise. Plus we have cult horror icon Udo Kier (Mother of Tears, Halloween, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich) as the Moon Fuhrer.

The lunacy continues to mount as the American President teams up with the Nazis, promotes her leather corseted and cleavage-baring PR girl (Peta Sergeant; The Originals) to space warship commander on a whim, someone gets killed with a high heel, spaceships are modeled after Zeppelins, and Renate actually Zeig Heils someone to death.

If you’re the kind of person who giggles at the idea of a movie about space Nazis attacking present-day Earth, then this movie is clearly for you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2019 9:08 am

    I remember this one, and it was an over the top fun movie. I like the comparison to Sucker Punch, never thought of that but yes…..

    • John Leavengood permalink
      June 23, 2019 11:40 am

      It’s weird. I can’t place it precisely, but both this and Sucker Punch have this dark-filtered sleekness to the CGI and lighting that create a special tone. Almost like Sin City movies have their own style, so do these two films.

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