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Iron Sky (2012)


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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. When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Two Nazi

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Great idea, lousy execution: "Iron Sky" boasts one of the zaniest premises in recent memory, and somehow manages to squander most of its potential.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (2)
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In space, no one can hear you laugh either.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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'Iron Sky' just proves that even the dumbest idea needs a smart mind behind it.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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It's Nazis from space. Cult movie fans will basically know what to expect. It's just a shame it couldn't have been a bit better.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

To its credit, while routinely stupid, it is playfully so - and it gets over the line through sheer force of charm. A "triumph of the will", if you catch our drift. (Sorry.)

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

Shock horror: hilariously terrible-sounding movie ends up being nowhere near as fun as you might hope. This does not bode well for my time-travelling monkey idea.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

The film hasn't the budget to match its dizzying concept, nor the wit to fill the gaps between.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

Despite some ill-advised turns of tonality, Iron Sky remains intriguing, submitting a lively sci-fi vision with a pronounced historical playfulness, keeping the feature eager to please and out to awe.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

History tells us that you can't fake trash classics and you can't manufacture a cult.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times | Comments (2)
Irish Times

The jokes are spasmodic, as satirically weightless as playing golf on the moon.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

Re-watch the teaser trailer, skip the final production.

May 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (2)
Fan The Fire

A space-ploitation brain fart.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comment (1)
The Ooh Tray

Nazis on the moon! What could be more brilliantly bonkers than the lunatic premise of satirical sci-fi action comedy Iron Sky? Sadly, Finnish director Timo Vuorensola fails to make the most of his conceit.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The space battle scenes are impressive, Julia Dietze is sexy and demure as the Nazi schoolteacher sent to Earth and there are genuinely funny moments.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Lowballing schlock and nothing more.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

Stylishly made with some terrific effects, Iron Sky also draws on everything from Star Wars to Dr Strangelove, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a Sarah Palin-style US President in Stephanie Paul...

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's Nazis from space. Cult movie fans will basically know what to expect. It's just a shame it couldn't have been a bit better.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

Madchens in tight blouses, space travelling stormtroopers, - was ist not to like?

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Completely fails to deliver on its basic premise and is ultimately disappointing, thanks to a lazy script, poor performances and ham-fisted direction.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

Balls, that core factor found in the best political satires, is what Iron Sky is lacking.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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Let's face it: it's Nazis from the Moon invading Earth in flying saucers, if you're expecting anything other than abject absurdity, you're in the wrong movie.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury | Comments (3)
The Mercury

Marginally more inspired and certainly more likable than Snakes on a Plane or The Human Centipede as net-spawned exploitation fodder goes, but you can safely wait for the DVD.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Audience Reviews for Iron Sky

As my interest in film has grown, I've taught myself not to get caught up in the hype surrounding new releases. The way that films are marketed today is designed to get you as intrigued as possible with a minimal amount of meaningful information, something that often results in disappointment. No matter how good the film turns out to be, it cannot ever perfectly resemble the picture we have built up in our minds from endless exposure to trailers, photos and magazine features.

With Iron Sky, I made an exception to my rule. The idea of a crowd-sourced, modern-day B-movie about Nazis hiding on the Moon seemed so absurdly brilliant that I had to see it. Having followed the film's progress via Kermode Uncut and the official newsletter, I went as far as writing to the film's distributors, complaining that I couldn't see the film on the only day when it played in my then-home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Finally I saw the film on DVD, and was promptly given a taste of my own medicine - because Iron Sky is perhaps the biggest disappointment of 2012.

What makes it so disappointing is that the premise of Iron Sky is so damned irresistible. The very phrase "Moon Nazis" conjures up feelings of glee; it's a notion or setup that is so ridiculous that it just has to work on some level. As I mentioned in my review of The Boys from Brazil, Nazis have been reliable pantomime bad guys for decades, with Moon Nazis following swiftly on the heels of zombie Nazis in Dead Snow. Add in the presence of trash veteran Udo Kier (most famous for Andy Warhol's Flesh for Frankenstein) and you have the makings of a genuine oddball gem.

Iron Sky is at its most basic a high concept B-movie. It has a trashy story with broadly drawn characters built around a single idea - in this case that Nazis hid on the dark side of the Moon in 1945 and are now planning to return to Earth to stage an invasion. Being a high concept film we know from the start that it might not sustain its premise or promise, but what's startling is just how quickly the film drops the ball. Where Indiana Jones managed to take hackneyed components and make them feel fresh and exciting, this feels like it's desperately trying to ditch its B-movie baggage, like it doesn't really want to be about Nazis at all.

The biggest problem with Iron Sky is that the story that the filmmakers settle on completely ignores or overlooks all the most interesting aspects of the central concept. The most dramatically intriguing aspect of the central idea is how the Nazis would have got to the Moon in the first place, and how they survived for so long. There are a great many science fiction films about humans stumbling upon ancient civilisations (Prometheus being a recent example), and this film could have told that kind of story from a different, less expository perspective.

Having Nazis on the Moon raises all kinds of questions that could have been answered very creatively. How did they survive to create a fully functioning space colony on technology lifted from gramophones and Volkswagen Beetles? How was their social order reshaped after the death of Hitler? We get a certain amount of insight into their understanding of Earth, with schoolchildren being shown a severely edited version of The Great Dictator, but this could also have been explored in greater detail. Rather than being about the act of coming to Earth, Iron Sky should have stuck with the lunar astronaut staying on the Moon, acting as our way in to this bizarre and intriguing civilisation.

With this opportunity being swiftly squandered, the film could at least have used the arrival of Nazis on Earth to give us a half-decent fish-out-of-water story. There are moments where this thought comes through, such as the remarks in the stolen VW van or when Renate wanders out of the cinema, having finally seen The Great Dictator in full. But for the most part the film ops for comedy so broad it's insulting, epitomised by the running gag about the black astronaut having been turned white. In Bubba Ho-Tep, that kind of joke was a funny little throwaway which added to the overall charm and absurdity of the plot; here it's overplayed so much that it just smacks of desperation.

Speaking of desperation, the film's attempts at satire all fall flat. B-movies have a rich history of sending up contemporary social and political attitudes, but Iron Sky aims so low that in places it resembles the Scary Movie series. Having the US President be a stand-in for Sarah Palin is fine, but this isn't developed in any meaningful way; the film just makes the same old jokes about her being an idiot and presidents waging wars to get elected (Wag the Dog, anyone?). The film's pop culture references are already dated, and when the characters resort to ripping off the 'angry Hitler scene' from Downfall, you know they've run out of ideas. At its worst moments Iron Sky can feel like a bunch of lazy Europeans shouting about how dumb Americans are, in a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black (or should that be white?).

A further indication of how far short Iron Sky falls is found in its profanity. The film is a 15 certificate, and being an action B-movie we don't expect the characters to always talk with decorum and restraint. But very soon the film comes to rely on its swearing to define itself, a tactic that backfires for two reasons. Firstly, there's nothing so shocking or outrageous that the film becomes defined by it - there isn't the equivalent of Hit-Girl using the c-word in Kick-Ass, which was also a 15. And secondly, the swearing isn't used to build up the characters or convey genuine emotion, as it is in something like Sexy Beast. In the end it's all sound and fury, signifying nothing and making the characters look more pathetic than tough.

As for the characters themselves, they're all something of a disappointment. The Sarah Palin shoe-in (Stephanie Paul) is completely naff and flat; at times she resembles a porn star trying to act, complete with too much make-up and stilted delivery. Her aide Vivian Wagner (Peta Sergeant) spends much of the film as a vamp with no real motivation, and her final costume feels like it was ripped off from The Hunger Games. Renate gets a little more to work with but still has to spend much of her time either playing second fiddle or just being half-witted. As for the men, Götz Otto is unmemorable as Klaus Adler, Tilo Prückner phones in the Metropolis¬-style mad scientist, and Udo Kier makes the most out of a very small role, something in which he has great experience.

What makes Iron Sky so heart-breaking is that all of its major problems could have been so easily fixed. It wouldn't have taken a lot to flesh out the characters a little more, whichever story or setting they had opted for. The satire could have been strengthened and made a part of the film's underlying themes, with the jokes punctuating rather than puncturing the tension. We could have ended up, in other words, with a film with all the calibre and character of To Boldly Flee, instead of a horrible mish-mash of half-realised ideas that never come together in a meaningful way.

The only aspect of Iron Sky that really gels together is its effects. With digital technologies becoming steadily cheaper and more accessible, it might seem fruitless to praise the effects work - not to mention the speed at which CG technology advances. But even with this caveat Iron Sky does boast a number of memorable spacecraft, particularly the enormous Gotterdammerung which rises from the Moon base in the last act. The battles aren't as engaging as those in To Boldly Flee, because we don't care about the characters, but purely on a technical level they are executed in an efficient and visually professional manner.

Iron Sky is a crushing disappointment on almost every level. Its impressive effects are not enough to redeem the film of its meandering plot, paper-thin characters and tired, lazy humour, all of which conspire to turn a fantastic premise into a truly dismal failure. The Boys from Brazil offers far more laughs, intentional or not, and Dead Snow makes a little more of its central concept than these filmmakers managed. Nazis on the Moon was a great idea; a better one would have been to leave them there.
January 19, 2013
Daniel Mumby
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Iron Sky could not have impressed me more. First off, it's a film by the people for the people, one of the new clever things that have come from the Internet that is genuinely cool. On the face of it it seems like a cheesy ridiculous modern B-Movie, and it is but it's so much more, it's actually a kind of camouflage. Camouflage of the cool variety. That said, some times you need to be ridiculous to point out the ridiculous. Iron Sky is one of the best satires out there, it honours Dr. Stranglove by not just adding it's tribute but for taking their concept one step further. It points out peoples obvious modern flaws and ideas, 'mobile phones in space' is probably something most kids would take a while to work out wouldn't work, but then the ideas that Astronauts could be chosen on their looks and colour doesn't sound unfeasible, even though it is - but then is it? Remember W. Bush going over to Iraq to give the troops a huge Christmas turkey that turned out later to be a fake - the solders had the same lousy food they'd had the whole year but boy did it look good in the papers. This is called propaganda - something the Nazi's where pretty good at (The American media isn't too bad at it either). This is explored in the film by getting a designer in to help them with their new image, the Sarah Palin character as president isn't just a bit of fun for comic effect here. Sarah Palin vs Nazis is a ridiculous concept because their views are not that dissimilar but tell someone you're anti-Nazi and you're on to a winner. This film is so sly it's no wonder many have overlooked its undertones. It's basically saying if the Nazi's did come back they'd be very little for them to do, fascism has moved on and is wearing it's own camouflage these days. Anti-American and anti-Nazi are two similar ways of thinking these days, Its what the rest of the world thinks anyway. Timo Vuorensola is a clever guy, if you look at his past work this is quite typical. I know loads of people who had no idea what this film is really about and i think it's quite sad that Satire seems to be a dying art, hopefully films like this will keep it alive but then many people didn't get Four Lions either and us Brits invented satire. Getting Liabach to do the soundtrack was also an inspired decision - more reason to see that it's a political wolf in sheep's clothing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the SFX aren't too shabby either!
November 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

Pretty original Sci Fi Comedy set in the future, Iron Sky though not perfect is a much better film that what many critics have said about the film. In 1945 Nazi Germany builds a moon base in hopes of taking over the world someday. Fast forward to 2018, and a new president looking to get re re-elected sends a new moon landing mission in hopes to gain popularity The Nazi base is uncovered, and they are bent on invading earth. I really enjoyed the film, and thought it was quite original, funny and very entertaining. Though not perfect, this film had enough wit to keep you interested from start to finish. The thing that you should remember when going into this film is that it should not be taken seriously whatsoever. There are plenty of good gags here to make you laugh, and though at times the film struggles to be funny, in the end there's enough entertainment value to keep you interested. For me, this is one of the more underrated films of the year and despite the fact it has its fair share of flaws, it's not bad. The fact that the film has a unique idea of invading Nazis from the moon is what makes this film quite fun, intriguing and over the top ridiculous. Though some comic relief doesn't work, there are plenty of other funny bits here to enjoy. The best thing I can say about the film is that if you watch, be prepared for an hour and a half of dumb fun, and don't take this seriously. The performances are decent, never great but Iron Sky's strength lies within its idea for its plot. I really liked the angle of the story and felt it was one of the most original films of the year. Not perfect, but pretty good, Iron Sky doesn't deserve all the negative feedback it has received. Enjoyable if you're in the mood for ridiculous, low brow humor.
October 1, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An enclave of the German reich of WWII entrenched on the dark side of the moon decide to reclaim the Earth after discovering mobile phone technology in the hands of a PR stunt moon landing. I saw the trailers for this film a few years ago now and the whole idea of Independence Day with Nazis seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, this independent film was clearly desperate for financial backing and made the appropriate compromises to get it. It's actually quite annoying that the script screams the word "REWRITES" because there are moments of absolute genius. The US president embracing Nazi propaganda for one, the Flash Gordon homage as a fleet of unarmed "commercial satellites" wage war on a spaceship clearly designed by a man with the "smallest penis in the universe" for another. But the hideous inclusion of a Wayans brothers version of "Blazing Saddles in space" hero with Aryan hot chick sidekick makes for some truly horrible moments, not to mention some directorial jerk offs that Michael Bay would blush at. All that said it has some great production design and effects and when it's funny, it's VERY funny. It's just a shame that the best moments hint at what could have been, because that's so much better than what is.
August 6, 2012
xGary Xx

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    1. Vivian Wagner: What am I supposed to tell her. That my employees are not intelligent enough to be fucking morons?
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    1. President of the United States: You all gave me your word!
    2. President of the United States: We always break ours. That's just what we do.
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