I first profiled this sci-fi action/comedy film, and one of its stars, about 2 years ago; it’s been a long journey for it, as the filmmakers have been working on it piece by piece, according to however much funding they had for each during each stage of the process. Such is the the way of indie filmmaking.
Buzz about the film picked up when it was announced that it would finally make its world debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February of last year (2012), after 5 or more years in production (this is what happens when you’re making sci-fi parody without any real steady financial backing).
Christopher Kirby, the actor who played Mauser in the last 2 Matrix flicks, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, plays the lead in this Finnish, sci-fi, Nazi comedy titled Iron Sky.
Kirby plays a character named James Washington, the “first African-American astronaut on the Moon,” where he meets the Moon Nazis played by his German co-stars – Gotz Otto and Julia Dietze.
The longer description of the film reads:
Towards the end of World War II the Nazi scientists made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right. Now it’s 2018, and it’s the time for the first American Moon landing since the 70′s. Meanwhile the Nazi invasion, that has been over 70 years in the making, is on its way, and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom. The three main characters of the story are Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), and James Washington (Christopher Kirby).
Udo Kier plays the commander of a secret base of Moon Nazis.
Directed by Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky, which was actually partly financed by fans online, took 5 long years to complete, debuted in one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, is now available to stream on Netflix, here in the USA.
I watched it this morning, not really expecting much, especially after reading reviews of it online, by those who saw it on the film festival circuit last year. And let’s just say that my expectations were met.
What I didn’t expect (since the marketing for the film doesn’t really tell you this) was just how involved Kirby’s character is in the whole narrative. I initially figured he was just a third wheel that would eventually come off and roll away and disappear. But he’s actually, for all intents and purposes, the hero of this film (definitely one of the two that “save the day”); AND, in the end, he gets the girl too, as you can see in the photo above – the girl being the other half that helps set the world right again… somewhat)!
So, yes, he lives through the entire ordeal (although, he spends part of it in “white face” we could say).
So if I could give you one reason to watch it, that would be it! And also the fact that the film’s production design is strong. The visual effects are stunning, given the budget the filmmakers had to work with. Clearly, it’s technically sound.
However, the script is really lacking, unfortunately, and Kirby, at times, comes off as a bit of a buffoon. But that’s just from my POV. You may feel differently.
But I encourage you to take a look for yourselves; it’s rare to see films like these with black people in leading roles. It doesn’t work entirely (the story and the characters – especially Kirby’s) but I don’t completely regret the experience.
It’s streaming right now on Netflix if you’d like to take a chance on it.
An official poster for it was just released (see at at the bottom of this post) which does feature Kirby; I also embedded a teaser trailer for the film as well as an interview with Kirby talking about his role in the film.
And here’s Kirby talking about his role in the film:
Here’s the poster: