Michael's Take on "Iron Sky: The Coming Race"
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I could not watch more than the first few minutes of this movie. I'll explain why in a moment.

For context, see my 2009 discussion about the first movie. I was unable to review the movie at the time because it wasn't available in the United States.

Eventually I did get to see Iron Sky on Amazon Prime. As shlock science fiction comedy/parody/something movies go, it was okay. The film was directed by Timo Vuorensola and it received 94,000 ratings on IMDB with an average score of about 5.9. The premise is that a group of Nazi scientists and engineers somehow escaped the destruction of Hitler's regime at the end of World War II and built a refuge on the moon.

Of course, the U.S. and Russian space programs did use German scientists who had been captured, liberated, or surrendered at the end of the war, but historical rocket technology was incapable of launching a moon mission (let alone building a massive base) in 1945. It would be another 25 years (almost) before a man could even walk on the moon.

In Iron Sky, the Nazis plot their return to Earth to conquer the world. It's as weird as the trailer. And I admit I didn't get all the jokes or homages in the movie.

That said, I've been thinking about watching the sequel (released in 2019) for some time. Finally tried to watch it today. That was a mistake. Although also directed by Timo Vuorensola, this movie has a different writing team. Some of the same actors reprise their characters from the first movie but many years have passed.

Things did not go well with the Moon Nazis' war, and mankind has abandoned Earth - returning to the moon base where the good and bad guys must share resources.

I got as far as the scene with the Jobsists, which lampoons everything about Steve Jobs and Apple Computer that you can possibly imagine (in the space of just a couple of minutes). I stopped watching when Lara Rossi threw a sledge hammer through a pair of glass doors. If you don't get the reference, it's an homage to the original Apple Computer TV commercial that won many awards and inspired some knock-offs.

I'm not in any way offended by the way the movie turns the tables on Steve Jobs and Apple - but this isn't my kind of humor and it's absolutely NOT my kind of science fiction.

I leave the trailer below.

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