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For fans of conspiracy theories, Nazis in Space is starting to look a little dated. There’s always been theories of Nazis comingled with UFOs ever since World War II, combining some of the popular literature at the time with the paranoia that the Nazi threat had never truly been eliminated. This suspicion would eventually shift to the Russians, but for a certain period of time, Nazis lurked everywhere: They were lurking at the center of the earth, in the far reaches of the Arctic, and yes the dark side of the moon.

Iron Sky” is the beneficiary of crowdsourcing, and the film’s fundraising success is evident in every inch of special effects in the film – special effects that probably wouldn’t normally be warranted with such a silly concept. It’s also a snapshot in time, positing what America would be like if a Sarah Palin analogue was president.

But “Iron Sky” is actually satirical science fiction, and in that regard it is a biting critique of American success. When a African-American male model is sent to the moon as part of a publicity stunt to generate goodwill, they stumble upon the Nazi base. This close encounter results in a startling discovery when the resident mad scientist discovers the processing power of iPhones. Determined to leverage the tiny devices for their own ends, they send Klaus Adler (Gotz Otto) on a reconnaissance mission.

His bride to be, genetically selected by Nazi scientists, decides to follow him. The Nazi culture does not survive contact with Americans unaltered: Klaus decides to take over the world through popular culture, and Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) realizes that much of what she knows about Nazi history is an awful lie. “Iron Sky” brilliantly shifts gears to more modern theories of Nazi-influence, implying that American culture has already embraced many tenets that would make Nazi propagandists proud.

When a collection of satellites and space stations go to war against the Nazi space war machine, the gloves are off. No government escapes “Iron Sky’s” unflinching gaze unscathed, which leads to the only ending that makes sense – a nihilistic commentary on the bloodthirsty nature of the world’s leaders.

“Iron Sky” is a retro sci-fi flick with modern wit that’s likely to make those without a sense of humor feel uncomfortable. Rigid patriots will want to give it a pass.

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