Iron Sky (Movie Review)

Title: Iron Sky
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Studio: Energia Productions
Starring: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier
Excellence: 2 stars (out of 5)
Summary in a Sentence: A thoroughly mediocre, and thus rather disappointing, attempt at bringing the classic "Space Nazis" trope to the silver screen

From the previews, the first five minutes released on Youtube, and the various internet propaganda, this film looked like it was going to be "awesomesauce".  The final product, alas, was altogether "weak sauce". All the good stuff was jammed into the theatrical trailer, and there wasn't a whole heck of a lot put in-between to fill the remaining 90 or so minutes. It was altogether bland, and silly, but regrettable NOT in a "so bad it's good" as I was hoping. It seemed like they tried to make it a bit serious and this ruined everything. There was plenty of over-the-top stuff, but they should have gone MORE in that direction.

Iron Sky was yet another example of expectations not delivered upon (apparently a recurring theme in movies of 2012). Here's the summary that's been plastered everywhere in relation to the film:

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.

Yet one gets to see altogether too little of the Space Nazis themselves. You actually see MORE of them (aside from Götz Otto and Julia Dietze who, easy on the eyes as she may be, is NOT a mondsoldat). Perhaps even more depressingly, the Moon Nazis vs. Earth space battle is almost completely captured in the preview. It is that short. The "armada of flying saucers" appears, and then is gone.  Budget problems, I suppose, and I'll grant that what they included looked good, but it all made it feel very rushed and underwhelming.

The medical transformation of the African-American astronaut into a white man (which the Nazis think is a big favour to him) was a pleasantly surprising bit of politically-incorrect humour, but it rather falls flat on its face and they tired (nay, exhausted) storyline of having Julia Dietze's character discover that she'd been fooled and Nazism really isn't that great, etc. was, well, yawn-worthy. I expected something a bit more original and something that didn't fall into the well-worn trap of feelingit necessary to make a point of demonizing Nazis to the point of the ridiculous (but not in a funny way). I was expecting goofier, "bad guy" Nazis akin to those in the Indiana Jones films, rather than what we got in Iron Sky.

It wasn't the mind-blowingly horrific disaster that was Prometheus, but I was glad I only invested 90 minutes of my life in watching Iron Sky, all the same. All-in-all, worth giving a miss, unfortunately. It had such potential.

1 comment:

Sophia's Favorite said...

Apparently Heinlein wrote a book, Rocket Ship Galileo, with space-Nazis on the moon. He wrote it only 2 years after the end of the War.

Personally I'm not a fan of Nazis in Space, though oddly I am a huge fan of Secret Nazi Projects. Possibly because they actually had a bunch of the things, like the 188-ton Maus tank (which got to a prototype), or the 1000-ton Ratte (which didn't), or all those flying-wing jet-propelled giant airplanes, several of them with parasite fighters of their own (I don't think they ever made prototypes of most of those).

Is everyone who defeats the Space-Nazis American? You'd think Europeans wouldn't countenance that, though they would, of course, neglect to note how much Nazi butt Canadians kicked (I mentioned it once on my blog—apparently the SS themselves would have trouble with desertions, if their men found out they'd be fighting Canadians).

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