Nov 9, 2012

Movie Review: Iron Sky

In the year 2018, African-American male model, James Washington is sent to the moon as a publicity stunt to help President Sarah Palin's re-election. The publicity stunt goes terribly wrong when James is captured by a society of Nazi's; descendents of the third Reich who migrated to the moon to escape the loss of World War II in 1945. The moon-Nazi's don't know who James is, what he wants, or most of the modern dialect of English he uses, but they take his presence as the sign of war from Earth they've been expecting for decades. Through reverse-engineering of James' cell phone, the Nazi's are able to power all of their war vessels and kick things into action. Within the moon-Nazi society however, civil unrest boils.

With the exception of the leading lady, Julia Dietze as naive Nazi-teacher, Renate Richter, the acting in this film is sub-par across the board. Nobody seems authentic in their delivery but Julia, and she likely only thrives for the same reason everyone else fails - no one knows what the heck is going on. The premise is bizarre and every scene only adds to the hilarious silliness. What makes it worse is that everyone in the film tries to play it completely deadpan rather than try to indicate where the jokes are. There are jokes by the way, but they're very subtle, which may be the German-comedy style for all I know. The really grating thing about everyone's delivery is the terrible dialog they're forced to recite. Wooden, serious, and cliche in a half-meta, half-not way.

The story itself is fantastic. If this film was tackled by Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino, they'd only need to sit back and direct, because the plot is amazing. It takes you on an incredible journey, establishes clear-cut worlds, roles, and rules, and leaves you constantly on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. If you take out all the garbage acting and really clean up the dialog, you'd have an incredible film on your hands.

What I was really surprised about was how aesthetically astounding Iron Sky was. The CGI, settings, costumes and explosions were outstanding. They weren't quite J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, but considering this is no big Hollywood budgeted American film, but a Finnish-German-Australian collaboration, I felt like I was being treated to something groundbreaking for their respective film studios.

Overall, the film was hard to get through on some respects, but always had me begging for more in others. I'm very split on how to rate this, but I do think everyone who thinks they'd be interested in a sci-fi comedy give it a chance. It's like a sci-fi take on Black Dynamite, only not as good. Overall rating...

3 / 5

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