Iron Sky


Iron Sky

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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 officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities. -- (C) Official Site

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Julia Dietze
as Renate Richter
Christopher Kirby
as James Washington
Götz Otto
as Klaus Adler
Udo Kier
as Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
Peta Sergeant
as Vivian Wagner
Stephanie Paul
as President of the United States
Tilo Prückner
as Doktor Richter
Kym Jackson
as Julia McLennan
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (25)

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

    Aug 23, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Lowballing schlock and nothing more.

    May 24, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • In space, no one can hear you laugh either.

    Mar 21, 2012 | Full Review…

    William Goss
    Top Critic
  • 'Iron Sky' just proves that even the dumbest idea needs a smart mind behind it.

    Feb 16, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not terrible, by any means: just not nearly as funny or cruel as its killer premise suggests.

    Feb 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Iron Sky

  • Oct 10, 2017
    This is what a metamodern b movie looks like.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2014
    Really dumb and schlocky but endlessly entertaining and fun to mock.
    Chris M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2014
    In 2018, the United States President(Stephanie Paul) sends a manned mission to the moon to look for Helium 3. What they find instead is a Nazi base that has already been there for decades. In trying to escape, astronaut James Washington(Chirstopher Kirby) saves the life of Renate(Julia Dietze), an earthologist and teacher, who in return saves his life, only for him to be experimented on by her father(Tilo Pruckner). Klaus Adler(Gotz Otto), Renate's betrothed, has his mind set on bigger targets, like the invasion of earth for which he is going to require a better power source. If you only see one movie about Nazis on the moon this year, then definitely check out the entertaining, daft, if a little predictable "Iron Sky." This comes from the venerable tradition of alternate historical fiction, as in this world the Nazis probably were further advanced in rocket technology while the Americans developed the atomic bomb earlier, allowing them to use it on Germany during the war. Overall, the movie makes the best out of its limited budget to come up with some inconsistent computer effects to help in detailing the steampunk of this world. It should also be noted that none of this trivializes the evil of the Nazis in the least. Just as much, the movie is concerned with the modern world in a subversive way as it takes a pointed look at propaganda, thus making great use of a "The Great Dictator" reference and proving how right Bill Hicks was when it came to people who work in marketing. But in any case, Sarah Palin is hardly relevant right now, so it is hard to think of her being the center of attention in the near future.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2013
    This movie isn't really as clever as it thinks it is. Certainly not bad by any stretch, but considering its absolutely insane idea, it should've been infinitely more entertaining than it ended up being. Space Nazis coming back to earth to take over? This movie ends up being a gigantic missed opportunity. And the entire movie just ends up feeling so forced. It's clear they went out of their way to make a campy and goofy movie, and in being so self-aware the movie ends up becoming a parody of itself. To make a truly campy movie, the director has to be completely oblivious to it. He/she has to believe that they're making wonderful art for the masses. When you're so self-aware that that's what you wanna do, it ends up feeling lifeless and transparent. You can easily see through it and that's this film's biggest problem. On top of that, there's this third-rate feel the movie has. Almost like you'd be embarrassed to be caught watching it. I don't mean to shit on the cast, but they weren't exactly setting my world on fire. But they did their best under these circumstances. Also the political message of the film is not lost on me with the president being an exact copy of Sarah Palin. This political stuff in the movie is also very transparent. Anyone with any knowledge of American politics will figure this out. The movie does it have its moments, like most any other film, but these are simply not enough to save a movie that was pretty much doomed right from the very start thanks to its self-awareness. Also for a movie that's supposed to be silly and campy, the ending was probably too serious for its own good. This is a perfectly watchable movie, but one that misses an opportunity to tell a massively entertaining, but campy, movie about Nazis in space. It really does miss the mark entirely.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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