Iron Sky: Rated “R“ (93 Minutes)
Starring: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier, Peta Sergeant, Stephanie Paul
Directed by: Timo Vuorensola
In the “if you blinked you would have missed it” category for great “B” films that totally deserved to be watched is Blind Spot Pictures’ film, Iron Sky, a dark science fiction comedy that posits the premise that in the closing moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program that was based in Antarctica evaded both detection, and destruction by fleeing Earth to set up operations on the Dark Side of the Moon. During the intervening 70 years of complete and utter secrecy, the Nazis have managed to construct a gigantic space fortress out of sight of Earth and armed themselves with a massive armada of flying saucers. Now (in 2018) they plan on returning to Earth with the purpose of setting up a Fourth Reich.
Their base is discovered when a pair of American astronauts inadvertently wander too close to it and spot the Nazi soldiers. When James Washington (Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander just a tad too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Kier) determines that now is the glorious moment of retaking the Earth, thus setting the stage for the Moon Nazis to invade and pick up where they left off at the end of WWII. But first, they must scout out the Earth to discover what has transpired ther over the past 70 years, so a pair Nazi officers — the ruthless Klaus Adler (Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Dietze), travel to Earth in order to prepare for the invasion.
What follows is a darkly twisted and thoroughly entertaining comedic romp that involves a Sarah Palin-like U.S. President attempting to engineer some kind of stunt to help her re-election bid (needless to say a war against Moon Nazis falls right into her sights as being perfect). Wrapped up in the story is Washington (a Black man who has been inexplicably bleached white by the Moon Nazis) attempting to stop the invasion and being aided by the German Doktor Richter (Tilo Prückner) who has not only taken a fancy to Washington, but has come to realize that the “Peace & Love” lesson that she has been teaching her students was actually so much Bogus propaganda.
To be sure, this isn’t high art, but is still a rocking good time. Produced by non-U.S. companies in Finland, Germany, and Australia, it manages to skewer our views of not only Nazis, but our own politics as well as the ambitions of people in power, no matter their political party affiliation. Still, it is a good deal of fun, and makes for great viewing on DVD or Blu-Ray. In the end when the Moon Nazi armada darkens the skies over the Earth, every man, woman, and child across all the nations of the Earth, must re-evaluate their priorities.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.