So, in 2018, the US during a time of female presidency sends a black guy and a white guy to the moon just because it looks good. White guy gets shot and the black guy gets captured, by none other than Nazis circa 1945. Turns out there is a civilisation on the dark side of the moon of Aryans who are planning to return to earth to "save" it with their Nazi/Aryan-ness. Now, if this was done well - script wise, casting wise, acting wise, directing wise and everything wise it would have had a little bit of Tarantino potential. However, instead it was less than watchable.
Now, there is the weird journey of the black guy who they turn Aryan and return to earth with, in order to find an iPhone to plug into their computer and eliminate the world or something. This takes a bit of a back seat to the main story of the Sarah Palin type president trying to get re-elected - working for her is her PR woman who swears profusely and wears revealing clothing. Neither of these necessary for any character in a film or a PR lady for that matter. She meets the moon Nazis and takes them to meet the president, and uses them to help the re-election. And then, you guessed it, suddenly the election is being run just how Hitler dictated Germany. At this point, I am left wondering who is more idiotic, the Nazis or the woman who mind you, knows they are Nazis and asked them to help run the country. Have you forgotten the black guy who's currently falling in love with the female ignorant and of course blonde Nazi chick? Yes, I did too. I was too busy shaking my head and drowning in this chowder of unfortunate sub-plots, bad, bad lines and the ridiculousness that a film was made about such an event of Nazi's "returning" to earth and attacking New York. A tad ridiculous?
Let me sum up the rest of the movie for you; the PR lady who I, to say it bluntly, disliked, falls in love with the main Nazi guy and when he betrays her, she plots revenge on him! This form of revenge involves her dramatically stabbing a framed picture, she for some reason has of him, with a kitchen knife, and then of course, leading US space ships into a war in space in determination to blow up the moon.
You may think I am just being really critical, but did I mention that this was a comedy? If I did, I was lying because that was what it was supposed to be, and yet they threw in some drama, a sci-fi space war that sounded illegally like Star Wars and the most awkward romance plot since Megashark Vs Giant Octopus (for those who've seen it). All I begged was that they could have just chosen a genre and stuck with it. My other questions included; why is the PR lady leading a US space mission dressed like a Power Ranger? Who paid Lucasfilm to use their sound effects? Was it made by students? And why was it even made?
Iron Sky is just one of those movies that makes people like me, with decent film ideas, cringe at the thought that this is apparently better than my idea of a movie with purpose, and without a script with swearing as an excuse for dialogue. Despite I admit the few moments in which I did laugh, it is also astonishingly racist, with incredibly bad characters/acting and excessive "unneceswearing". Please people take this film off of your Social-list of things to do and Not-ze it!
But I digress, this film was made in Finland research tells me it was fan-funded which takes a lot of effort on everyone's behalf. I do commend them on their efforts at getting a feature film into international theatres, I just think they may have bitten off more than they can chew. However, if you possess a fondness for an odd type of black humour or perhaps are a film student like me and enjoy critiquing cinematography and plot then why not see it, just perhaps rent it out on DVD (it's not screening in cinemas anymore anyhow)
Iron Sky Directed by Timo Vuorensola Released May 2012