"Iron Sky" Reviews from the Berlin Film Festival

Posted 1:08 PM February 12th, 2012 by Senh Duong

I took a look at our stats today, and people are searching for “Iron Sky.” Apparently, it just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is causing quite a stir.

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I know nothing about it. I should because a portion of the film's $10M budget came from users who submitted ideas for the film to the filmmakers. It’s a unique and interesting strategy to fund and produce a film.

The production value looks pretty good for its modest budget. “Iron Sky” does look like a big budget Hollywood production.

It’s about moon Nazis who invade Earth in the year 2018. The president of the United States is a Sarah Palin look alike.

Goofy, but are you Interested yet? The film had me at moon nazis. The trailer (embedded below) looks like a lot of fun, but how’s the actual film?

There are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes yet, but I found a couple from onliners on Google. Here’s what they have to say:

“Beyond getting stuck on a tired, one-note joke for its second half, the movie is plagued by being average. It never swings for the fences. Had it been offensively bad, it might still have been entertaining. As it stands, it’s so bland that shrugging seems like it would be giving it too much credit.” - Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects

“... it really is a perfectly serviceable moon Nazi movie. Go to a midnight showing with some friends and some beers and you probably won't feel like you've wasted your night. But what's frustrating about Iron Sky is that it occasionally approaches greatness, and then promptly falls back into well-worn Sci-Fi comedy clichés. Until now, I hadn't thought about the fact that sci-fi comedy clichés even exist, but I promise you, they do! ” - Brian Clark, Twitch

“There is a lot of smart sci-fi fun to be had with Iron Sky which nicely blends its comic-book sensibilities with B-movie action. The attack scenes are as good - at times - as those in Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles, and the knowing sexuality and broad un-PC humour slots in nicely with the ludicousness of Nazi’s driving motorcycles and old Volkswagons across the lunar landscape.” - Mark Adams, Screen Daily

According to these early “Iron Sky” reviews, if you've watched the trailer and it appeals to you, then you’ll have fun. If not, then don’t bother. I liked what I saw. It’s silly, goofy, and could just be a mindless but fun entertainment. I’m not sure if I’ll see it in theaters though - not sure if I can convince my other half to do it. I’ll wait for Netflix.

“Iron Sky” stars a bunch of unknowns and opens on April 04, 2012. With all the talk about the film in Berlin, maybe it’ll get a wide release.

"Iron Sky" trailer (watch it and tell me you're not interested):

UPDATE: Corrected the budget.

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