Its been way too long since we’ve all been treated to a movie about space Nazi‘s. I know Star Wars had its moments with Darth Vader et al but that “Force” palava was far too contrived for my liking. And very un-Nazi. And very 70s. So I stand corrected.
Therefore it was with some anticipation that I accompanied The JLO2000 Adolescent Unit to see Iron Skies at Hoyts Frankston. This is a Finnish, German and Australian production that was co-authored and co-funded by a whole stack of fans apparently. Well after watching this film I think they should leave all that business to the adults.
It all started out well enough but couldn’t find the right note to strike as it were. I could buy that Nazis escaped from earth and established a moon base in 1945. And I could buy that they mined “Helium 3” and planned to retake the Earth when they were in the mood. I could buy Sarah Palin as a slightly less appealing US president than George W Bush. And yes I bought into the parody of the UN. The thing is, and I don’t mind admitting this, I desperately wanted this film to be great. To be so funny I could see it several times and buy the DVD and the T-Shirts and fridge magnets. To be so unusual and offbeat I would bore all my friends and acquaintances with how they must see it. I wanted nothing less that “Iron Skies” to mark a new chapter in my life. I wanted to be a believer. Alas and alack it was not to be.
Problem was it was just so dull at the end of the day. A Nazi love story that went NOWHERE. Lots of twists and turns that went NOWHERE. Comic moments that were not comic. The best moment was the parody of the Hitler Youtube parodies – but even that suffered from poor execution. Which typifies this movie. The ingredients were there. The ideas were there. It could have been a cult hit. It just should have way stupider then I would have been happy. Great special effects by the way.
But I’m just left with massive disappointment. Especially since I’ll have to wait another 40 years before the genre fires up again.
Or I could dust off the PS2 and play Killzone. Finland, you have a lot to answer for.
- Space Nazis and Sarah Palin Take On Berlin Film Festival (lezgetreal.com)