Iron Sky, |
directed by Timo Vuorensola
(Entertainment One, 2012)
Iron Sky is a delight of a spoof through and through. The $10 million Finnish film, funded in part by Internet donations, had ambition aplenty in its premise: Nazis survived World War II and are getting ready to take over the planet. Of course it's a comedy.
In the last moments of World War II, a group of Nazis fled in a spaceship to the dark side of the moon. After 70 years up there they have built an entire world, complete with families, schools and a gigantic space fortress filled with a fleet of flying saucers. They intend to make the Fourth Reich a reality.
Interrupting their plan is James Washington, an African-American model who was sent to the moon in 2018 by a Sarah Palin-esque president who wants to restart the space program. As the Nazis take aim at Earth, using cell phone technology to take over the government in order to bring about a New World Order, a U.N league of nations engages the Nazis in a battle in space near their giant moon fortress. This is high camp at its best.
The production values are superb. Although the plot is worse than weak, the digital effects are eye-popping and, visually speaking, could easily complete with larger scale blockbuster movies. It's a fantastic bit of eye candy, which makes up for a few too many pop-culture references, some of which have been done to death. Still, it's an impressive piece of high-grade camp for the money, a sort of full-length version of "Springtime for Hitler" meets Dr. Strangelove. There are some truly hilarious moments in this genuinely absurd-in-a-good-way movie, and, if you can get past the somewhat shopworn political theater, there's a zaniness to it that will pull you in. It has heart, it has scope and it's not afraid to be good and being bad. For people who love extreme kitsch.
31 August 2013
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