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What will follow now, is a review of the movie Iron Sky. Please be advised that if you wish the best impression of the movie and most enjoyment it cannot be advised that you continue this reading any further. All credits go to creators and copyright owners of the movie for their toil and performances in the making of Iron Sky. Serious credit to the fans and the enabler of the fans to make this movie find port and materialise at the Berlinale! 

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The movie heads out with a moon landing in 2018. It turns out as an endeavour to promote the current US president (probably the embodiment of Sarah Palin) for the second term. The astronauts lands on the moon and quite quickly encounter moon soldiers dressed in “Third Reich” outfit. One of the astronauts gets shoot immediately and second is taken capture. Following an objective screening of the “Fourth Reich”, the viewer is presented with the new “Führer Wolfgang Kortzfleisch” played by Udo Kier. Everyone is dazzled as the astronauts, James Washington, is revealed to be black.

Following an introduction to Klaus Adler the aspiring next Führer and Renate Richter who is an expert on earth and English, we are brought straight into the result of living more than 70 years on the dark side of the moon in a nationalistic-social society. We are revealed to the creations of engineering, but also to the lack of creativity in such a setting. Like the “kick ass cellphone and computer!”. The twisted minds at work for this screen play also went so far to invent the “Albinoniere”, which besides promoting the albino gene also seems to be inducing blue eyes and blond hair. This effectively turns our black hero into a white-hero for almost the rest of the movie.

With the creamed up James Washington, Herr Adler and Frau Richter goes to the earth to prepare for the counter-invasion. Counter-invasion, since James Washington is believed to be part of a scouting force preparing a large scale invasion. At first this seems weird and perhaps a bit confusing. Why has the Moonnazis spend decades on the moon building up their forces only to attack as a defensive strategy? Besides the missing parts for the “Götterdämmerung”, this is soon revealed on the earth when Frau Richter gives a speech. A speech you could not possibly have thought come from a Moonnazi. It turns out that there are two groupings of Moonnazis. The ones that believe they are the superior race and needs to take back the earth in order to dominate it as it superiors, which is easiest done by exterminating all other sub-humans. The second group also believes the Moonnazis is the superior race, but that this demands them to be the mentors of and help the sub-humans on earth. Thereby we are introduced to the swastika as a peace symbol, much like in Buddhism. The second group reminds me of a joke from Eddie Izzard. He would trust world peace to the organisational wizards of Germans and let them organize peace everywhere.

On the earth mission of Herr Adler and Frau Richter, we soon learn that the earth seems to be in a worse state than the deprived minds of the Moonnazis. Not only because a “Sarah Palin” figure is in the white house, but the general conduct of earthlings seems to be severely sickened, to use Frau Richters words. What we found in surplus of social order in the Moonnazi colony is most certainly missing on the earth. During their earth mission, Herr Adler and Frau Richter becomes key advisers to the president and initiates her reelection campaign with bold statements.

It works out pretty well for the Moonnazi propaganda machine. Just until the Führer Kortzfleisch shows up to remind the stray Klaus Adler why he has been sent to earth. From here on, a war between the Moonnazis and the earth unfolds.

The ending features Renate Richter condemning the salute, defying the purity of the Aryan race and being left with the surviving people of the Moon Reich. From here we are thrown back to the UN operation room, where war breaks out as America claims the Helium-three as spoils of war. Soon you have the nations turning towards each other. The movie zooms out from the moon base. It passes a space battle between the UN member countries, then the earth as to the tangents of a piano nuclear strikes hits the surface and extinguishes life and light, then passing Mars, before ending in the vast nothingness with only the sun to indicate earths direction.

The introduction to the moon base is quite interesting and is rich with fascinating discoveries. How did they find Helium-three on the moon and how do they extract it? How come they have limited computing power, but rather advance machinery? Did they do all calculations in their heads? There is a vast opportunity to spinoff further stories from this. Also with the story of the earth. What happened after the nuclear strikes? Why did India or Australia not get hit? How was life like before the invasion from the moon? How was the different space-weaponising programs conducted in secrecy from each other? Why did Finland not arming their spacecraft? Last but not least, when and how did North Korea join the UN? Already now you can find the first free comic online based on the movie plot.

The attention to details in the movie cannot be critiqued until I have seen the movie a second or third time. However, the first impression of the movie tends to leave you in awe of the screen writers imagination. The humour and twists are a nice flavour to the whole story. The idea of changing the mission of the NPD into one of peace and love with the swastika as a symbol seems so outrageous that it is funny. Or, blaming Indian for the moon base, because the swastika shape gives a nice view of our cultural differences and a good laugh.

Mars was an intriguing part, because non of the other planets was featured in the end. Could this be a sign for USSR, DDR or Stasi invasions coming up in a sequence? The producer following the credits to answer the audiences questions could only tell us so much: “Maybe”.

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