Iron Sky ¬ DVD

As World War II comes to an end in 1945, Hans Kammler and other German scientists make a breakthrough in anti-gravity research. From a secret base in the Antarctic, Nazi spaceships are sent to the “dark side” of the Moon to establish the military base “Schwarze Sonne”.

Their plan is to build a powerful fleet and return to conquer Earth. The film is set in the year 2018 when their descendants finally return.

Finnish maverick Timo Vuorensola´s enjoyable sci-fi comedy revels in superior special effects – the swastika-shaped moon base and the ultimate Nazi doomsday weapon The Götterdämmerung are awesome creations – and a knowing if broad script.

Götz Ott – replendent in his ersatz Hugo Boss uniform and bearing a nice sardonic sneer – is well cast as the fanatically ambitious Nazi General Klaus Adler while Julia Dietze is just so as his blonde Hitler madchen fiancee-turned-adversary Renate Richter.

Elsewhere, James Washingon delivers good Samuel L Jackson as the black American astronaut despatched to the moon to push Palin´s re-election hopes, captured by the lunar goosesteppers and turned white by a mad German professor.

Udo Kier, who faced a similar alien invasion in Armageddon as a NASA flight surgeon, plays the veteran Nazi commander-in-chief who has to constantly look over his shoulder for the ambitious Adler.

A scarily power-crazed Palin is lampooned mercilessly and America’s gung-ho foreign policy is given a gentle ribbing that morphs into something altogether darker as the final credits roll.

However, what will impress audiences most are the first-class battle sequences featuring a splendidly retro Nazi attack force, including supercharged zeppelins, which takes the original German military hardware and gives it a neat yesteryear spin.

Impressively financed while it was being made and marshalling support with an efficient social media campaign (£1m of the £10m budget was raised online), it´s a stunning reminder that often less is more.

Madchens in tight blouses, space travelling stormtroopers, – was ist not to like?

Director: Timo Vuorensola

Writers: Johanna Sinisalo (original story), Jarmo Puskala (original concept), and 1 more credit

Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby and Götz Otto

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