Iron Sky

Directed by Timo Vuorensola

Finland, 2012

Cornerhouse, 4 June 2012

Traditional satire makes a sprightly resurgence, curious that it should come in a sci-fi comedy about Nazis invading from the moon, mind.

The USA is the target for most of the satire – the president being a Sarah Palin type and so the very image of a sitting duck – but no nation escapes Scot-free.

If the sight of swastika-wearing Aryans as cartoon villains offends you, this is not your kind of film.  The rest would do well to note that the Nazis, though presented as tin-horn scapegoats and ridiculous queue-jumpers, here possess what all other nations covet: a virtually unlimited energy resource.  They remain the ones to beat, in more than one sense.

It’s an entertaining film, with an intelligent script and terrific special effects as well as a wildly absurd premise.