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Originally published Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

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'Iron Sky': Out-of-this-world Nazi plot lands in chaos

A movie review of "Iron Sky," a sci-fi action comedy about Nazis who colonized the dark side of the moon after World War II and are plotting a return invasion of Earth. Great idea, lousy execution.

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Movie review 2 stars

'Iron Sky,' with Julia Dietze, Götz Otto, Christopher Kirby, Udo Kier, Stephanie Paul. Directed by Timo Vuorensola, from a screenplay by Michael Kalesniko and Timo Vuorensola, based on a story by Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko, and a concept by Jarmo Puskala. 93 minutes. In English and German, with English subtitles. Rated R for language and some violence. SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.

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Terrible review of a very enjoyable film. It was a blast. Hollywood will be jealous of... MORE

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Great idea, lousy execution: "Iron Sky" boasts one of the zaniest premises in recent memory, and somehow manages to squander most of its potential.

The idea is so ludicrously inspired that it seems almost foolproof as the basis for a spectacular sci-fi action comedy. After losing World War II in 1945, a colony of Nazis escaped to the dark side of the moon (perhaps they used converted V2 rockets?), where they developed a massive warship, the Götterdämmerung, and plotted their return to Earth as vengeful "Fourth Reich" invaders.

Now it's 2018, and a Sarah Palin clone (Stephanie Paul) is the U.S. president, seeking re-election by sending astronauts to the moon as a campaign stunt. The Nazis' cover is blown, so from his swastika-shape moon base, aging Führer Kortzfleisch (played far too briefly by veteran movie oddball Udo Kier) gathers his fleet of Hindenberg-shape warships and assigns Aryan protégé Klaus Adler (Goetz Otto) to lead the long- distance blitzkrieg.

This is all great fun, accompanied by an abundance of impressive special effects of "Star Wars" proportions. Unfortunately, Finnish director Timo Vuorensola (who built a fan base with several "Star Wreck" parodies on YouTube) can't maintain a consistent tone, and "Iron Sky," which was financed through an online "crowdsourcing" investment scheme, veers recklessly from mild amusement to chaotic nonsense.

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