Iron Sky
2012
**½
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Cast: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Peta Sergeant, Stephanie Paul, Udo Kier, Tilo Prückner

In 2018 U.S. astronauts discover a swastika-shaped colony on the dark side of the moon. The Nazis, who moved there in 1945, are now preparing to return to Earth with their gigantic war machine, and the colony’s idealistic schoolteacher is about to learn that the National Socialist philosophy is not all about love, peace and understanding. This wonderfully outlandish comedy contains some terrific gags in its opening 30 minutes. However, when the number and quality of the gags begin to drop, all the attention is drawn to the terrible performances, leaden dialogue and enormous plot holes. There’s inevitably a massive battle in space towards the end, but the story thankfully doesn’t wrap up quite as you’d expect. This Finnish-German-Australian co-production was made for less than $10 million, and it was partly funded by online fans, but the design and special effects look amazing.