The Nazis left the Earth in 1945 (as part
of a secret space program) and set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon. In
2018, a US
space mission (a publicity stunt to get the US president reelected)
lands on the moon and discovers the base. One of the astronauts, James Washington
(a black male model) is captured and turned white. The Nazis realize how powerful
Washington’s cell phone is as a computer and Nazi Commander Adler volunteers to go to Earth to retrieve those devices
so that big Nazi space battleship Gotterdammerung can rise from the moon. When Adler and Washington return to Earth, they discover Renate Richter- the
resident Nazi expert on Earth- had stowed away on the Nazi spaceship (all of the ships are shaped like flying saucers). Adler and Renate are used by the female President’s campaign advisor to use
Nazi ideas for the President’s campaign (and it works successfully). Don’t
forget that Adler has plans to overthrow the Fuhrer (Udo Kier) of the Fourth Reich and invade Earth.
IRON SKY is a fantastic sci-fi spoof/ political
satire. It is a fun and clever movie done up in B movie trappings and made on
a budget over $10 million with over 1000 visual effects shots in addition to shooting many scenes in a green screen environment. I do get the irony that the female
President is a dead ringer for Sarah Palin (she once ran for Vice-President alongside McCain back in 2008). It is a very funny movie that never takes itself too seriously while taking jabs at Nazis and American
politics in addition to throwing in some nods to DR. STRANGELOVE. Also IRON SKY
manages to create some big space battles between the nations of Earth and the Nazi flying saucers (complete with space zeppelins). I love this movie. It is an instant cult
gem and one of my favorite films of 2012.
Audio commentary with producer and Director
Timo Vuorensola and Producer/ Visual Effects Supervisor Samuli Torssonen is very informative and entertaining. They reveal that James Washington’s character initially didn’t survive that long in the original
script and the President was originally going to be based off Jenna Bush in addition to other tweaks they did over two years
from when they started casting and developing the project to what they filmed, they think of IRON SKY as a war comedy, and
how they had to use close-ups and a body double when one of their actors broke a leg.
Making-of featurette- A look at how the
project was born to the making of the actual film (with filming in Germany
and Australia) in addition to putting together an eager team
of people to do the 1000 special effects shots. I’m glad they didn’t
think of something better to make within two years (quoted in the featurette as a sign they were going to make a movie about
Nazis from the moon).
18 different segments of behind-the-scenes
Theatrical trailer and three teaser trailers
are also included. Some of the teaser trailers feature footage not in the movie
and part of the purpose of those trailers was to sell it to investors and fans.
FINAL ANALYSIS: IRON SKY is a fantastic sci-fi satire with Nazis from the moon, political satire, and Udo Kier. That combo makes for one of my favorite movies of 2012.
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