It has been a while since I have done a speculative fiction movie review, and I believe the last one was a month ago with The Fifth Element at Christmas. I learned of a film called Iron Sky, which is a Finnish/German/Australian film with a very odd premise that the Nazis somehow established a base on the moon shortly after WWII.
Of course, most speculative fiction films are based on even more incredulous premises. This one starts out pretty insane in the year 2018, as a new moon mission on the dark side of the moon reveals a Nazi base that has been under construction for several decades.
Apparently, the lunar Nazis are completely unaware or ignoring the fact that life on Earth is going on. They are very surprised that one of the astronaut visitors is black, and they are even more surprised that his smartphone is better than all of the computers on their lunar base.
Now, I have no idea why this astronaut bought his smartphone with him on a NASA mission. Did he think he could get some bars in space? This is one of many plot-holes in this film. Still, the smartphone is enough to power Nazi ships that come to Earth.
From there, I was sort of expecting a plot equal to the now-classic 1995 alien invasion film Independence Day. Instead, the film throws a curve as the visiting Nazis from the moon actually help the acting president instead of destroying the White House with a giant laser blast.
Now the president in the film resembles Sarah Palin more than Tina Fey. Her campaign slogan is “Yes She Can”, which is clearly hearkening Obama’s tagline, and it is clear that she is taking all the credit for sending a black man to the moon.
Of course, a film like this always ends with a grand confrontation between good and evil. The only difference is that both sides appear equally bad. Apparently all space stations from each country are quite well-armed, except Finland. I guess it would work in Earth’s favor should a giant Nazi UFO from the moon invade.
I’m sure you have probably predicted how this film will end, but I will not spoil it. I will say that this film showa America in a negative light, trying to steal the credit of all the good in the world. Personally, I think Iron Sky works on that sort of satirical level, and there are actions at the end which are clearly critical of the actions of the last Bush Administration.
In short, Iron Sky is worth watching as it is probably one of the most expensive satires every made. The effects look quite good, but Hollywood has never convinced audiences that effects are all that are needed for a movie to work. The film has events in it that just don’t seem probable and/or work against the storyline. Still, I truly believe that America has it coming with the theme of this flick, and Iron Sky is well-deserved discipline.
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