In 2012, the Nazi trash satire “Iron Sky” became a surprise success at the USA box office, which was immediately followed by the makers announcing a sequel. With IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE it’s here now – and it’s horrible! We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
20 years after the Nazis launched a nuclear war from the moon, Earth has become uninhabitable. Since then, the survivors have formed a large colony on the Brownshirts’ former moon base. But the planet is in danger of falling apart. The only remaining option for scientist Obi Washington (Lara Rossi): escape into the earth’s interior. On her mission to a hidden city, the daughter of Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) and James Washington does not meet any steadfast allies. Instead, she encounters a prehuman dinosaur world and former world rulers who were just hiding under their human mask. For centuries, the “Vril” have controlled the earthly governments with the aim of achieving dominance of their reptilian race over humans. A race for the future begins. Obi Wahington’s biggest competitor: Adolf Hilter on a T-Rex!
Movie explanation of the ending
When the lunar Nazi trashfest “Iron Sky” hit USA cinemas in April 2012, director Timo Vuorensola was ahead of his time. Although he wasn’t the first to try to amuse his audience with an adventure that was produced in a decidedly cheap and silly way (Tommy Wirkola’s “Dead Snow”, for example, had already been released three years earlier), the really big trash wave only followed a good year later, when Anthony C. Ferrante’s “Sharknado” celebrated its TV premiere in July 2013. This was followed by not just five direct sequels to the “People are hit by shark tornadoes” series, but a whole wave of inexpensive films that secured their place in the hearts of the target group with outrageous plots, lousy actors and even lousier trick effects. In addition to these ingredients of success, all of these films also have something else in common: their fame is limited to domestic releases. Neither the “Sharknado” films nor their countless related upstarts have ever seen the light of day on the big screen. In this respect too, Timo Vuorensola was ahead of his competition. Almost half a million viewers saw “Iron Sky” in USA cinemas at the time, which was certainly due to the fact that the film only came about because it was largely financed by the fans themselves via crowdfunding. The sequel “Iron Sky: The Coming Race”, which was announced shortly after the start of its predecessor and then spent almost seven years in production hell, was created according to the same principle. The fact that the first project was completed in 2015 can be seen in the finished project. The story, the humor, everything depends on the current zeitgeist.
Udo Kier appears in a dual role in “Iron Sky 2”.
Compared to the first part, the production budget for “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” has doubled; For this purpose, the crowdfunding model was used again. The team had around 17 million US dollars at its disposal, a large part of which inevitably had to go towards the effects. “Iron Sky 2” seems significantly larger due to its many different settings. There is even a half-futuristic, half-Stone Age-looking dinosaur world, the design of which often uses computer trick technology. However, the fact that they look better than in part one is a fallacy. It’s not for nothing that we called bad effects one of the main characteristics of every trash film; knowing full well that this is exactly why lovers of this film genre watch it. But what “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” lacks is the obviousness of the bad. The effects here don’t just look awful because the makers know that’s what their audience expects. In many moments, the use of green screen and CGI effects are unironically intended to provide support in the design of set pieces where one cannot get anywhere using manual means. In short: The makers are dead serious about the fact that the dinosaurs, which look like something out of a 1990s arcade game, should look frighteningly real, or that the audience has to convince the actors to flee from a collapsing rock wall in chariots, even though the effects are too Obscuring the green screen doesn’t even seem to be fully rendered yet. “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” doesn’t play the “we’re deliberately making it bad so that people get pissed off” card, but instead relies seriously on its terrible CG tricks. At least on this front, the first part of “Iron Sky” worked a thousand times better – simply because the makers used significantly fewer effects, but mostly high-quality ones.
All of this would only be half as bad (and might even still fit into the trash context) if the basic structure was stable. At this point, the two “Iron Sky” films are not that different: both use a narrative concept that is completely outrageous from the outset and then supplements it with further absurd theories and motifs in every free minute. In the first part, the number of gags was remarkably high. Simply because Timo Vuorensola simply let his characters, but above all the story itself, spin freely. In particular, the satirical tips on current global political developments, which were not always very accurate but at least ambitiously placed, helped “Iron Sky” achieve a narrative level that went beyond simple stupid fun. Vuorensola and his team are trying to apply this formula to the second part as well. However, their downfall is that the topics they tackle are no longer up to date. A not unimportant subplot, for example, is intended to dismantle the power of the Apple company by unceremoniously turning Steve Jobs – just like all sorts of other VIPs in the world (history) – into a reptilian. The conspiracy theories about lizard people living secretly among us or the hollow earth legends are currently somewhat booming, but Vuorensola is trying to squeeze out the gags elsewhere. He doesn’t have anything new, let alone funny, to say about Sarah Palin, Vladimir Putin or Steve Jobs.
Julia Dietze is also on board again.
You can see Julia Dietze from the returnees (“5 women”) and Udo Kier (“Downsizing”) once off, the ensemble is at least as unimpressed by the generic story as the audience will probably be. And anyone who reads the synopsis for “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” will probably hardly believe that such a crazy story can actually be staged interchangeably. But if you ignore the setting and premise, the second part of the “Iron Sky” series, which will be expanded to include further parts in the near future, is completely devoid of atmosphere and surprises. The dramaturgy and course of the story are made up of the set pieces from common adventure films; It’s just that the unpassionate performances of all the actors simply don’t convey the feeling that should arise when a group of clumsy explorers encounter a world that is alien to them. Timo Vuorensola highlights some particularly spectacular scenes; For example, the aforementioned chariot race or an admittedly bloody slaughter of sheep. But these are just individual stages that briefly show what would have been possible with “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” if those responsible had not taken their project so terribly seriously. The film is simply not funny enough for a brain-busting trash evening, it is simply too bad for a serious cinema adventure film and as a mixture of the two it doesn’t work at all.
Conclusion: It’s hard to believe that a film with such an outrageous premise isn’t ultimately absurd enough to function as the designated trash spectacle for which it was actually predestined. It goes without saying that “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” doesn’t work as a serious adventure film.
“Iron Sky: The Coming Race” can be seen in USA cinemas from March 21, 2019.