Monday, March 18, 2013
Iron Sky (Movie Review)
Review by "Ken From Honolulu"
(REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)
Made in 2012
Directed by Timo Vuorensola
Julia Dietze as Renate Richter
Christopher Kirby as James Washington
Gotz Otto as Klaus Adler
Udo Kier as Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
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.
I enjoy independent movies, and this is an independent movie. Independent movie makers make movies that they want. Not the formula movies the big studios think will sell. If you are looking for a campy movie, then this is not the movie for you. These people tried to make a serious movie and the acting is good and not over the top.
The filming was done mostly in green screen. But everything within a 20 foot radius of the actors is an actual physical object they are interacting with. You can tell it’s green screen but it doesn’t look that bad.
For the storyline itself you have to suspend disbelief. The theme behind the movie is really interesting. What they are saying is, if you follow blindly, then you are going to be duped. That is what this movie is about.
The US President is Sara Palin and they picked a pretty good look-alike. She has a campaign manager that is supposed to be like Carl Rove: do whatever it takes to get your person elected.
There are some pretty funny scenes in the movie. For example, the Nazis capture a black guy and turn him white, giving him long blond hair. (Of course he looks just like a black guy that has been bleached.) They go to earth, and he doesn’t realize he’s been turned white. He is wearing a Nazi uniform with a swastika. He goes up to a group of gang bangers who are playing basketball. He is trying to get info from them. Pretty soon they just pull out their guns and start shooting. He starts asking “what is going on?” Then he looks at his hands and starts screaming.
The idea of the movie is, there are slogans that people use to get you to follow their plans. And if you follow them you’ll be duped. That’s what happened to the main female character. She believed the Nazi’s were going to help the world. Of course she is isolated on the moon, so she doesn’t know what they did, except for what they told her. So she has no idea of the terror they will bring with them.
There is one guy who wants to be the dictator so he kills the current dictator. There is the climatic battle between the Nazis and the Americans, because they attacked New York. What the Nazis are using is space ships powered by rockets, or jets. They don’t react as you would think a flying saucer would, going any direction they wanted.
Of course they are using 1940-1950’s technology. A scientist points to this gigantic machine and says this is our computer. The black guy pulls out his smart phone and says, let me show you mine.
There is no real sex or nudity. There is very little profanity.
If you are looking for a campy film, then give this a pass. But if you are looking for a film that has a message, then this is the movie for you.
Quality score: 8
Relevance score: 9.5