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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

[6.25/10] Iron Sky (2012)


Iron Sky (2012)

Brief review: This Finnish-German-Australian co-production, titled "Iron Sky", tells the story of Nazi Germans who, after being defeated during WWII back in 1945, escaped to the Moon where they built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer the Earth. Featuring bleached-out black man, female US president, tons of sarcastic political jokes, endless irony, amusing overacting and, of course, Nazis on the moon, "Iron Sky" is just as original as it's ludicrous. But it's intentionally ludicrous, in order to be funny, and it is. Well, it is not necessarily laugh-out-loud hilarious, but most of the gags work, and the movie's silliness isn't annoying at all. First-time director Timo Vuorensola deserves some credit for his original approach and spot-on execution. "Iron Sky" cost $7.5 million to make, but it looks at least twice as expensive. The special effects are polished, neat and rich in detail. The Nazi's swastika-shaped secret moon base is stunning to look at, the old-school spaceships are finely-designed, and the color filters used by the cinematographer add stylishness and retro feel to the visuals. Not to mention the impressive battle scenes in the space, which are pure spectacle. Acting-wise, the film is pretty decent as well. Götz Otto is fantastic as the stone-cold evil-minded general, Adler, Julia Dietze is smoking hot as the curious schoolteacher, Renate, and Christopher Kirby delivers as the 'white' black man, Washington.

Overall summary: All the silliness aside, "Iron Sky" is actually a funny, enjoyable, well-made and pretty unique 'Nazi' sci-fi comedy, that proudly boasts some surprisingly cool-looking CGIs and other technical qualities, in spite of its fairly limited budget and inexperienced director.

10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I was curious about this one. It looks out there.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I was too. Even though it didn't exceed my expectations, it didn't disappoint me either. :) Give it a shot, if it's on NetFlix.

Maynard Morrissey said...

looks like you enjoyed it about as much as me. Disappointing and far from being perfect, but still pretty fun and enjoyable.

Matthew Vanacore said...

I have neither heard nor read much about this film, though t sounds intriguing. It definitely warrants consideration. Good stuff, George!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maynard, exactly. It was funny and visually fantastic, yet far from great.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Matty, I wouldn't recommend it, but it's a decent flick if you have 90 min to waste. Thanks!:)

Melissa Bradley said...

I've been wanting to see this. I love out there, different films. It makes me think of Sky Captain with Jude Law.

Excellent review, sweetie and sorry I have been away again. I just can't seem to get enough computer time of late. I've been so exhausted after work and with my doctor's appointments, I just can't keep up. This week I should be better at keeping up with my friends.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

It made me think fo Sky Captain too, even though this one is not nearly as fantastic.

It's okay, hon, don't worry about it.
Your new full time jobs takes most of your time, so that's understandable.

Is everything okay with your health, sweetie? What were those appointments for? Nothing serious I hope.

Russell Betney said...

When I saw the trailer for this I thought it looked ace, but I've not heard terribly good things about it. Sounds like it's fun though. Perhaps a DVD rental.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Russel, it wasn't as cool as it looked on the trailer, but it's a decent flick nonetheless.
Definitely a DVD rental. :)