Sky falls short of limit

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IKE its ti­tle, Iron Sky is a film of odd con­trasts – some pleas­ing and some mad­den­ing.

Shot in Bris­bane and at Vil­lage Road­show Stu­dios, the sci-fi spoof de­picts a colony of moondwelling Nazis (hid­ing out since los­ing the war in ’45) plot­ting a fly­ing saucer in­va­sion of Earth.

Fight­ing the good fight is a himbo male model (Mel­bournebased Christopher Kirby) sent to the moon as a PR stunt for the US pres­i­dent, a stale Sarah Palin par­ody.

Iron Sky’s genre mash mostly works a treat, with di­rec­tor Timo Vuoren­sola in­cor­po­rat­ing in­flu­ences from Mel Brooks, Dr. Strangelove and bad ’50s sci-fi neatly dove­tail­ing for a camp final prod­uct happy to throw its au­di­ence winks with both eyes.

The gags are a mix of sharp par­ody and broad slap­stick, but alas the quan­tity of hits to misses is just out­side the for­giv­able ra­tio. Damp­en­ing the vibe fur­ther are the dated ref­er­ences to Palin and even poor old Ge­orge W. Bush.

The free­wheel­ing nar­ra­tive gives, at times, the feel­ing that the story is be­ing made up as the film goes on, ev­i­dence of the Fin­nish creative team’s back­ground in hand-made fan films for the in­ter­net au­di­ence.

Cal­i­for­nia-born ac­tor Christopher Kirby stars as the black hero but spends most of his screen-time hid­den un­der an un­ap­peal­ing sheen of grey makeup when the Nazis dye him white.

It’s an­other of Iron Sky’s odd con­trasts – why hire a charis­matic stud only to spoil his looks and cut his scenes to within an inch of their life?

Iron Sky scores ad­di­tional points for show­ing the work of Queens­land crews off to the world. Visu­ally, the film is out­stand­ing, par­tic­u­larly given its mod­est bud­get. The Nazis’ Al­bert Speerin­spired moon base is a won­der and there’s a real wit to the cos­tumes, sets and vis­ual ef­fects.

While its prom­ise of cult sta­tus may go un­kept, it will live on as an­other high-line stu­dio prod­uct from the re­gion that’s pro­duced Peter Pan, Nar­nia: The Voy­age of the Dawn Treader and Terra Nova.

opens to­day.

Di­rec­tor Timo Vuoren­sola

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