Iron Sky

Iron Sky

You know, there are some people out there that actually believe there are Nazis hiding on the dark side of the moon.

There are also people out there that believe there is a good film to be made out of this strange belief. Some people may think that this is a pretty stupid and unbankable idea, but in my honest opinion I think that this is no more stupid than making a film about robotic life forms hiding on the other side of the moon and Michael Bay saw fit to make a stupid film about that, which sure made a lot of money, so why not make a film about moon residing Nazis? It’s certainly a lot more believable.

I had a lot of trouble getting my head around Iron Sky after my first viewing. I couldn’t decide if the film was utterly ridiculous or a brilliant satire making a comment on modern life, racism and capitalism.

Now I’ve had a few days to reflect on it, I think I’ve decided it’s somewhere in between.

There’s no doubt that the film makers were trying to comment on capitalism and modern politics here – the fact that the president of the United States is uncannily like Sarah Palin is not just a coincidence, nor just a quirky idea played for laughs.

Stephanie Paul as the President in Iron Sky

Stephanie Paul as the President in Iron Sky

Campaigning for re-election she surrounds herself with monsters from the PR world that are looking for the best angle to present the President.

Naturally one of these lunatics comes up with idea of sending the first black man to the moon to promote her campaign, because in a modern America that is what people care about and you know, there might be voters on the moon (I guess).

The real reason for sending men to the moon is to find helium 3 – the year is 2018 and natural resources back on Earth are running out. However, what the men find up on the moon is a swastika shaped base that has been housing a bunch of Nazis since 1945, hellbent on returning back to Earth and establishing a fourth reich.

Needless to say astronaut and first black man on moon, James Washington, is captured by the Nazis and then subjected to a bizarre sequence of questioning, torture and experiments.

Quickly we learn what life is like in this secret moon base.

They’re still obsessed with creating the perfect Aryan race – a scene in which the fuhrer in waiting, charms the love of his life with a biological sheet proving they have the best chroma-zones to produce the perfect children is amusing, yet ultimately disturbing.

They’re also still subject to censorship, with teachers praising the work of Charlie Chaplin’s apparent 10 minute short film The Dictator providing all you need to know about the life of the caring and loving Adolf Hitler.

The script writing is pretty sharp and the comic timing of some of the cast is pretty impressive too. There’s also some amusing nods to films such as Doctor Strangelove and that much lampooned scene in Downfall.

Visually the film is a treat and while the set design may have a certain Sky Captain: The World of Tomorrow about it, it’s hard not to be impressed by the amount of work that has gone into this retro inspired future feel that the film wears so casually.

On the cast side of things they all do their job adequately. Julia Dietzes turn as the troubled and naive Renate is touching, Christopher Kirby’s James Washington is amusing enough to make you root for him and Stephenie Paul’s Sarah Palin inspired president is pretty uncanny and disturbingly close to the real thing. Gotz Otto is also suitably menacing as the nazi officer and the films main antagonist, Adler.

Visually impressive and featuring some amusing moments, while Iron Sky strives to make it’s political comment on modern life, the message is somewhat muffled on all the enjoyable b-movie kitsch.

Verdict: [rating=3]

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.