Published on March 13th, 2013 | by Chris3
Iron Sky (2012)
(Speaking of war movie/scifi crossovers...)
I realize I'm going to get raked over the coals for this, but I thought Iron Sky was a terrible movie. Terrible, and everyone involved knows it, and because of that, made it a whole lot of B-movie, Moon Nazi fun. Seriously, Iron Sky is just that kind of movie. I loved it. I loved every damn minute of it. I'm not kidding.
So, yeah, it would seem that the Nazis managed to launch a spaceship to the moon, and have been hiding out on the dark side for the last 70 years or so. Breeding and building super weapons of invasion, all the while oblivious to advancements on the planet.... If not for their accidental discovery by pretty boy (and "black guy(tm)") Washington (James Kirby).... they'd probably still be there! Still with me? Just the premise alone puts this into the realm of completely impossible, and because of that. It is a lot of fun.
The moon Nazis send a small detachment back to Earth with Washington (made "white" by moon nazi technology, no kidding), to pave the way for the Fourth Reich... Including teacher Richter (Julia Dietze) and ubermensch Adler (Gotz Otto).... Their job is to convince President (Stephanie Paul) and Sarah Palin lookalike (oh my sides) that their "ideology" is the way to go. And (wouldn't you know) it works. No thanks to Presidential adviser Wagner (Peta Sergeant)....
When Adler and Richter's subtle subterfuge is discovered by the moon Nazi high commander, Kortzfliesch (Udo Kier) then the shit hits the proverbial fan. The Moon Nazis invade in full force, with high tech space fighters aboard giant Zeppelin-looking carriers... but ho, whats this?
Seems that the worlds' "civilian" space fleet is in fact armed to the teeth. They set out to intercept the invading Moon Nazi's, led by Wagner onboard the "George W. Bush" (true story!).... They dispatch the fleet, only to be faced with the ultimate Moon Nazi weapon..... (Also note the "war room" set.... Strangelove lives on!)
...but Washington and now-reformed Richter have other plans, and manage to save the world at the last minute... of course. And live happily ever after.
Dammit, I thought this was ingenius, and I loved every minute of it. It was clear that everyone involved was having a hell of a time, also. Completely over the top, outlandish, impossible, and yes, it even makes fun of Sarah Palin, which I'm totally for.
But still, it has its more serious moments, and even a moment of war-movie crossover. Part of the Moon Nazi children's "education" has been that globe-dancing scene in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. It supposedly shows how people on Earth loved the Nazis and their care for the rest of the world. Or something. Once on Earth, Richter is exposed to the entire film, including the iconic monlogue. At this point she realizes just how wrong she's been.... Actually pretty awesome and a nod to war movie history at the same time.... got to love it.
And how about those special effects, eh? Not too shabby for a movie like this. Definitely not ILM-tier stuff, but I was suitably impressed, given the budget they likely had....
If you're going to come back and let me have it about just how bad this is and how we shouldn't be glorifying Nazis and blah blah blah.... That was exactly the point. It was meant as good fun, and it managed to throw in a lot of subtle political jabs at the same time. Which I can totally get behind.
I'm going to completely upset the natural balance of the universe and give Iron Sky a 3.9/5. Seriously. Turn off the left side of your brain and just roll with it. Maybe involved some chemical substances, I don't know. But whatever you do, don't even take this seriously. Except the parts where it matters. I'm serious. It's really a lot of fun.
I realize that a lot of you might find this offensive, just because of the Nazi element. Look, as terrible and evil as they were, if we can't have a bit of fun at the Nazi's expense, then what does that say about us, no? If anyone deserves to be ridiculed, I think they qualify.
Iron Sky [Blu-ray]
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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...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: E1 ENTERTAINMENT
Manufacturer: Entertainment One
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- Julia Dietze
- Götz Otto
- Christopher Kirby
- Peta Sergeant
- Udo Kier
- Factory sealed DVD
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Complements the theatrical cut: DIRECTORS CUT REVIEW,
This review is from: Iron Sky [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)As a fan i am massively impressed with the directors cut of Iron Sky, it's like a whole new movie. The directors cut features 20 extra minutes of previously deleted scenes some of which alter the style of the original film, and that's not all, they've added a boatload of new visual effects throughout and made the Meteor Blitzkrieg even more awesome than before, they've even replaced some of the musical scores with new ones. What they basically have done is taken a "crazy B movie" and turned it into a "crazy B+ with an extra side of crazy movie", it's just like the back of the movie case reads: "It's an all-new take on the film".
I must suggest however (and this is just my personal opinion) that this directors cut only be watched by people that have already seen and love the original theatrical cut of the film, why is this? Because, the film really has been considerably changed by the inclusion of these deleted scenes and the new musical scores. Some of the new scenes work great... Read more
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sharp political humor featuring Nazis from the dark side of the moon.,
This review is from: Iron Sky (Amazon Video)Despite the B-movie trope of having Nazis attacking from the dark side of the moon, this film has A-list special effects, great acting [exploiting humor by playing it straight], and a fun, satirical script. In 2017, America sends a return mission to the moon, this time with an African-American model/astronaut James Washington [Christopher Kirby] in the crew, to improve the re-election chances of a Palinesque president [Stephanie Paul]. Julia Dietze is the naive Nazi schoolmarm Renate Richter teaching the newest generation English and Earth culture. She is called upon to apply her knowledge [or lack thereof] when Washington is captured. Reacting to him being African-American, her mad scientist father uses an albino-nizer to turn Washington Aryan and uses his cell phone to power the giant space battleship Gotterdamerung. Unfortunately, the cell phone's battery is low, so Renate's party-chosen fiance and fuhrer-in-waiting Klaus Adler [Goetz Otto] must go to Earth to obtain more modern... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Iron Sky (Amazon Video)I have to be honest, this is one of my favorite movies. It is a great parody directed by Timo Vuorensola. There are so many little jokes that they will leave you laughing (like when the main character James Washington pointed at one of the Nazis and said ‘who are you supposed to be, Prince Harry?’). The movie was originally made released in Finland, then actually released through Walt Disney in the States (of which I did not know until now).
They did a great job researching Nazi culture, predicting what the future would be like if they went to the moon, and what Earth would be like in the future if they had to face this problem. I did, however, want to learn more about what they ate and such, how they were able to travel to the moon without anyone noticing, but it’s not relevant to the story as it is a parody.
The plot itself was pretty believable, as the President of the United States has sent people to the moon to help her ratings in the next... Read more
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Summary: So much over the top fun I couldn't stand it. If you take this seriously you will be disappointed on levels I cannot describe.