Iron Sky

3 June 2012 | 11:38 am | Simon Holland

The year was 1945. World War Two was in full swing and the Nazi's moved to the moon. “Why have we not heard of this before?” I hear you cry. Well because it is a murky branch of a history written by our victorious forebears. Nazis colonised the dark side of the moon to gather Helium 3 to power gigantic spaceships to reinvade Earth in the year 2018. The ambitious and iron-fisted Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) seeks to dominate the earth and prove his worth to the Reich. He captures an American puppet-astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) to unravel the technological secrets of modern humanity.  Fair fräulein Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) possesses an Ariel-esque style adoration for the humans and seeks to thwart the plan.

Yes, this is a concept from those crazy Finns who just manage to be crazy enough to pull it off. Director Timo Vuorensola makes his long form debut with a well time epic comedy in the vein of Inglorious Basterds overlayed with Spaceballs. Filmed on a budget of seven-and-a-half million euros Iron Sky compromises the niche market nicely, a big budget feel with indie charm.  The jokes are current and funny, absurd, but differ from an American or British model of puerility. Entertaining throughout, the insanity of its twists and turns will leave you gasping with disbelief. Sieg heil.