Movies can often be outrageous as we all know. Plots are limited only to the writer’s imagination. Many times the more outrageous the plot is, the greater the risk that the movie will not work. But sometimes, if you get crazy enough it does. On paper, would you think the majority of the Cohen Brother’s films would work? Tarantino’s films? Iron Sky may not fall into the same quality realm as films by those directors, but it does have one hell of an original plot going for it.
At the end of World War II, Hitler and his Nazi’s see defeat coming. They have no choice but to flee and hope that one day they can revive their beloved Reich and finally take over the world. So where do they flee to? The dark side of the moon of course! You heard me right; the Nazi’s take their remaining troops and hide on the moon. Flash forward to 2018 and the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul in a great Palin-esque performance) has sent black male model James Washington (Christopher Kirby) on a manned mission to the moon. Her campaign slogan is “Black to the Moon”. Classic. Once on the moon, Washington discovers the huge swastika shaped base the Nazi’s have been building for 73 years. The new Führer is Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (Udo Kier) and along with his head scientist Doktor Richter (Tilo Prückner) they try to harness the incredible power of Washington’s smartphone to launch an attack on the earth. Along with a Nazi that has befriended Washington, Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), Washington must stop the Nazi’s before they stake their claim to power on Earth.
There are just so many ballsy and original ideas in Iron Sky; I don’t know where to start. First off, it is very funny. Christopher Kirby is hilarious as male model Washington, holding his own up there with Michael Jai White in Black Dynamite. Also excellent is Julia Dietze as Renate Richter, who was brought up believing the Nazi philosophies were all about peace and love. I guess there is a certain amount of isolation being brought up on a Nazi base on the moon. Director Timo Vuorensola does a great job showing every penny of his $10 million budget on screen, the sets, costumes and visual effects are actually quite impressive. But when all is said and done, it was the humor that kept me interested throughout the film. It was along the lines of classics like Robocop, but with a greater lean to the comedy aspects. A pleasant surprise, Iron Sky should keep you entertained and laughing while also giving you some great sci fi visuals and some great standout performances.
The Blu-ray from eOne is very nice, especially for a smaller budget film with such high aspirations. Many of the set pieces are done with CG but they still look quite good. Detail is excellent throughout, and although it is a very dark movie, the black levels are really solid. A great little gem with lots of laughs, check out Iron Sky for something different and a nice change from the other stuff out right now. Recommended.
Available October 2, 2012