Ric’s Netflix Picks: “Iron Sky”
If you don’t learn from history,
you are doomed to repeat it.
In 2018, the President of the United States decides to begin sending new missions to the moon, in order to help her achieve re-election. Upon landing on the far side of the moon, African-American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) is surprisingly captured by a colony of humans. What is even more shocking is who they are…
NAZIS FROM SPAAAACE!!!
Nazi Earth Specialist Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), having never seen a black man before, is intrigued by Washington. She relishes the chance to study him and dreams of visiting Earth. Renate’s boyfriend, Commander Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), has ambitions to be the next Fuhrer. Klaus immediately sees the potential that Washington and Earth’s technology could have for the Nazis. What have the lunar Nazis been planning? Will Klaus fulfill his dreams of a Fourth Reich? Can Washington prevent him? And whose side will Renate fall on?
With a premise firmly rooted in 1950’s Americana, Iron Sky is a humorous modern take on the concept of Space Nazis. Be warned, this is not a blockbuster, it’s a B-movie. That being said, the visuals are crisp and consistent. The retro-futuristic look of the Nazis is especially cool, begging for a first person shooter adaptation. As a B-movie, Iron Sky has no big name actors in it. That isn’t to say that the actors do not put on enjoyable performances, you just might not recognize their faces. Kirby, best known for playing Mauser in the latter two Matrix films, is funny and works well in his role as the straight man against the ridiculousness of his situation. The decidedly German Otto fits the mold of a towering, power-driven man to a T. Look for him in James Bond’s Tomorrow Never Dies. Dietze is absolutely stunning, and her acting is pretty good too. I would like to see more of her in the future. Stephanie Paul puts on a show as the unnamed, yet obvious Sarah Palin parody, President of the United States.
For a fun, neo-nostalgic romp Iron Sky should be the first flick in your Netflix Queue. It’s quirky in its 1950’s feel and welcoming for it’s truthful and parodic underlying themes. For those of you who are left wanting more there is good news! A sequel, tentatively titled Iron Sky: The Coming Race, is in the works and expected to start filming in 2015.
3.4 out of 5.0
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