Iron Sky | Film reviews, news & interviews
Impressive flying saucers aren't enough to save Nazi satire
This much-rumoured independent movie has been in the works since 2006, and is improbably billed as a Finnish-German-Australian co-production. It's also unusual for being a project that grew out of the online self-supporting film-making community, Wreck-a-Movie.
The premise is almost irresistible, and is summed up in the marketing tagline: "In 1945 the Nazis went to the Moon. In 2018 they're coming back." The action commences with the American "Liberty" space mission landing on our nearest galactic neighbour, but it transpires that it's essentially a promotional visit to boost the re-election campaign of the American president (who isn't named, but is played as a ringer for Sarah Palin by Stephanie Paul).
Having unfurled huge presidential banners from their landing craft, with a picture of the Prez under the slogan "Yes we can", the pair of astronauts go for a lunar stroll, but down in the craters on the moon's dark side, all is not as expected. They stumble across a vast mine digging for the priceless fuel Helium 3, but have barely had time to absorb the shock when a motorcyclist in Nazi uniform roars up and shoots the first astronaut. The second, James Washington (Christopher Kirby), is taken prisoner.
As advertised, Hitler's acolytes did indeed find refuge on the Moon as World War Two reached its grisly climax, and now they're ensconced in a vast swastika-shaped complex from which the latest Führer, Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (Udo Kier, pictured above), aims to return to earth and establish the Fourth Reich. To help him, he has the fanatical and square-jawed Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), who plans to unite with the comely Fräulein Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) to produce impeccable Aryan children.
The Department of Racial Purity, he tells her, has confirmed that they're a 97 percent genetic match. Thanks to Renate's father, mad scientist Dr Richter (Tilo Prüchner), the Moon Nazis have developed an array of flying saucers and enormous space-zeppelins with which to transport themselves back to the Fatherplanet. His super-secret weapon is the vast Battleship Götterdämmerung, a kind of interstallar Bismarck.
Subscribe to theartsdesk.com
Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £2.95 per month or £25 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.
To take an annual subscription now simply click here.
And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?
Meryl Streep shines as New York's unforgettably talentless soprano
Brie Larson won an Oscar, but there's more to this adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel
Darkness risible: Tom Hiddleston stars as Hank Williams in lacklustre biopic
Florence Foster Jenkins's biographer tells the true story of her common-law husband, played by Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears's new film
Terrence Malick's first movie shot in LA is a star-studded disappointment
theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now
Torrents of blood in the Wyoming snow
Dead man walking: Hungarian exploration of the closed universe of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy
Gentle comedy about elderly bank-robbers ends up reconfirming the very cliches it sets out to challenge
After 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Wild', Jean-Marc Vallée rebuilds another life, with Jake Gyllenhaal
Rousing romp from the Marvel universe is funny, sad, satirical and spectacular