Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Iron Sky - Movie Review

"The world is sick...and we are the doctors."

Yes, folks the Nazi's are back and making another attempt at taking over the world! This time they are launching an attack from their hidden base on the dark side of the moon using technology they have developed for over 70 years and an army that has been preparing just as long.

The year is 2018 and the population of our planet is still heading in pretty much the same direction as it is today. American politics has become more and more of a bloated circus, technology has continued to achieve amazing innovations, and every day life for common citizens is still just as crappy as it ever was. What no one could have expected was how a group of Nazi's that had escaped World War II by completely leaving the planet would somehow rebuild their army on the moon and unleash a plan to once again attempt to cleanse the world of "inferior" beings.

What they don't realize is that America just happens to be prepared for such a threat and has a secret weapon of its own in a female President who sees the impending war as a perfect opportunity to lock down her re-election campaign. As the Nazi attack is launched, we see allegiances change, deals being made, and surprises around every corner, but in the middle of it all is a young German woman named Renate Richter who must choose between the life she has known since birth and a planet she is realizing is very different from what she always thought it would be. With an epic battle taking place in the skies above, her decision might just change the fate of the entire world...or it might just get her killed along with everyone else.

What I loved most about this movie was how it immediately grabs your attention with a style and wit that looks to make fun of everything it can get its hands on. The writers do a great job throwing jabs at the current state of politics and commercialism and how a Nazi population that has been isolated from the rest of the world for decades is now exposed to these more modern problems. From the opening scene the pacing is very fast and the 93 minute run time feels more like 15 minutes as you are either laughing or cheering through the whole thing. The special effects are also very impressive considering how this is essentially a low budget feature film. Some of the space battle scenes are on par with just about any other movie that has come out in the last several years.

Every character in this movie is likable in its own unique way and the acting performances are all spot on for a movie that is meant to be more tongue in cheek than anything else. The absolutely gorgeous Julia Dietze was perfectly cast in the starring role and I really hope we get to see more and more of her in the future. Other standouts are Stephanie Paul as the President of the United States and Peta Sergeant as her campaign manager Vivian Wagner. All three of these women dominate the picture and provide some of the most hilarious moments.

"Iron Sky" is a multinational effort originating from Finland, Germany, and Australia and was directed by Timo Vuorensola who also happens to be the lead singer of Finnish black metal industrial noise band Älymystö. The movie was partially funded using crowd sourcing where fans and supporters from around the world contributed both monetarily and creatively. This organic process of film making is becoming more and more widespread and if it keeps producing material this good, might eventually become a viable alternative to the traditional Hollywood model.

Every once in a while a movie seems to come out of nowhere to either become a blockbuster hit or a cult favorite. I can see this movie easily becoming a staple among festivals, midnight screenings, and home video collections everywhere. If you do not like movies that are awesome then...well, you're probably a Nazi, but if you do like them then you should find a way to watch "Iron Sky" as soon as possible.

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