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:: Iron Sky

It’s very easy to sit back and point the figure at Iron Sky’s ordinary special effects, a cast of unknowns or even the fact the story is so far-fetched it’s hard to believe that a human could conceive it, but there is still something that you have to love about a film that despite its weaknesses still keeps you entertained for its entire running time.

The ‘out there’ plot tells the story of ‘moon Nazis’, a party of Nazis who in the closing stages of World War II left Earth and set-up a base on ‘the dark-side of the moon’. Now days the base is inhabited by Nazis including the determined (and in line to be Fuhrer) Klaus Adler (Gotz Otto) and his bride-to-be, the naïve Renate Richter (Julia Dietze).

While the Nazis plan for an attack on Earth their plan is rushed forward, in the year 2018, when a space-shuttle containing astronaut, James Washington (Christopher Kirby) lands near the base. The Nazis believe that it is a sign that there base is under attack when it is actually a political-stunt by U.S. President (Stephanie Paul) and her PR advisor, Vivian Wagner (Peta Sergeant). The result is inter-galactic war.

The reason that Iron Sky works is because the screenwriters and director, Timo Vuorensola doesn’t let the film take itself too seriously. They know that the film is ‘out there’ and they film it in such a way that they are making fun of themselves without ever dipping into complete parody. In fact when you take a look at the script it actually has some ‘intelligent’ aspects. The Sarah Palin-esque President is a great touch, but it is when the film takes a mighty swing at U.S. politics and the U.N. that you begin to realize that the screenwriters have used ‘comedy’ to mask a pretty serious message… one that you may or may not agree with.

It is also worth noting that the screenwriters don’t really make light of the Nazi party so nobody should be too concerned that the film will offend anyone. It’s a thin line that the screenwriters skate, but they do it remarkably well. Some of the acting is a little wooden and at times poor old Christopher Kirby has to suffer wearing some very ordinary special-effects make-up but the star of the show really is Julia Dietze. She is brilliant from start to finish and even if Iron Sky does nothing else it has certainly put this talented actress on the map.

Iron Sky isn’t for everybody but if you enjoy a sci-fi that is a little left-of-centre but doesn’t become a farce than you certainly won’t be disappointed if you give it a glance.