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Iron Sky - Review

Iron Sky

Review by Louise Carleton

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

ANYONE wondering what Finnish director Timo Vuorensola would do with a film whose tag line is ‘In 1945 the Nazi’s retreated to the moon, now they’re back’ can be assured the end result is as ludicrous as it sounds.

Iron Sky‘s tongue in cheek lunacy offers a breezy 93 minutes of hammed up acting and B-movie style plot devices. As expected, the film is laden with plenty of gags and borderline politically incorrect jokes which can be entertaining and do offer the occasional laugh out loud moment, but it’s safe to say that Iron Sky is something to rent one evening when you have time to kill and don’t fancy having to engage too much mental capacity.

The plot line is simple yet bizarre. The year is 2018 and while on a mission to the dark side of the moon African American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) stumbles upon a space station populated by Nazis who fled Earth at the end of the war.

It is with Washington’s arrival that the moon Führer (Udo kier) decides the time has come for the glorious Earth invasion that they have been waiting the past 70 odd years to commence.

To prepare for the invasion the brutal officer Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and the beautiful Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) are sent to Earth with the recently whitened Washington (and in true Aryan style also sporting new blonde locks) to investigate. But this is not where the lunacy ends… if anything, it’s the start!

Add to the mix a terrifying Sarah Palin-esque president (Stephanie Paul), who delights in the Nazi invasion as the solution to help her get re-elected, and her buxom campaign manager Vivian Wagner (Peta Sergeant) who is hell-bent on committing revenge on Klaus for spurning her amorous advances, as well as a big helping of space warfare and giant Swastika emblazoned led zeppelins filling the New York skyline and you have Iron Sky.

As outlandish and wacky as the premise might be, however, Iron Sky has lots of potential that fails to materialise.

The plot continuously seems to wink to the audience letting us know they’re aware of the B-movie script, which seems to give them reason to cram it with over the top jokes and be even more outlandish.

With a better director and a tweaked script Iron Sky could have gone down a storm, especially amongst cult fans and the curious. Instead, the result is rather disappointing.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 93mins
UK Release Date: May 23, 2012