Iron Skyis a 2012 Finnish-German-Australian science-fiction comedy film directed by Timo Vuorensola . It tells the story of Nazi Germans who, after being defeated in 1945, fled to the Moon where they built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer Earth.
The film comes from the makers ofStar Wreck: In the Pirkinningand was produced by Tero Kaukomaa of Blind Spot Pictures . Samuli Torssonen was responsible for the computer generated effects of the film. The screenwriters were Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko.The film was financed by Energia Productions, Blind Spot Pictures, New Holland Pictures, 27 Films production companies and numerous individual supporters , and was released to theaters in Finland, Germany and other European countries in April 2012.
The movie starts out with an American manned landing mission returning, in 2018, to the Moon. The lander carries two astronauts; one of them a black male model (James Washington, played by Christopher Kirby) specifically chosen to aid the current President of the United States (played by Stephanie Paul) in her re-election. Upon landing on the dark side of the Moon , the two encounter Nazis which have been there since 1945, and Washington is taken captive.
The Nazi scientist Doktor Richter (played by Tilo Prückner ) is called in to investigate Washington and finds his smartphone. Although initially skeptical, he recognizes that the computing power of this device far outmatches anything they have come up with themselves and integrates the device into theGötterdämmerung, the Nazi space battleship. Unfortunately for Richter, the phone stops working due to an empty battery just as he is demonstrating its power to his superiors, especially the new Führer Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (played by Udo Kier ). Nazi commander Klaus Adler (played by Götz Otto ), who is (for genetic reasons) destined to marry Earth specialist Renate Richter (daughter of Doktor Richter; played by Julia Dietze ) offers to go to Earth to find another device with the same computing power. Adler takes a spacecraft to Earth, taking Renate and James with him, the latter having been aryanized (i.e., his skin turned to white) by Richter.
Meanwhile on Earth, the President of the United States is having some problems of her own; she desperately needs a miracle to ensure her re-election. Her aide, Vivian Wagner (played by Peta Sergeant ) presents her with the two Nazis. Adler and Richter go on to transform the Presidents' campaign Nazi-style , with apparent success, although Richter is unaware of the plans of Adler to both annihilate the United States and of overthrowing the current Führer.
After three months, Kortzfleisch seems to have figured out Adler's plan. He sends his armada (though without theGötterdämmerung) to Earth orbit. He himself lands on Earth, confronting Adler; at the same time, Renate Richter finds Washington, now a homeless person, in the streets and recognizes Adler's true intent as well. Adler kills Kortzfleisch and takes his position, returning to orbit with Kortzfleisch's flying saucer.
The United Nations meets to discuss the Nazi threat in orbit. The President is thrilled to finally have a war which will likely get her re-elected, and appoints Vivian Wagner chief of the spacecraft USSGeorge W. Bush, which orbits the Earth carrying nuclear weapons. As it turns out, most other nations have also developed armed spacecraft (all against international agreements) and join in to defeat the invading Nazi armada.
Back on Earth, Richter convinces Washington to come with her back to the Moon to stop Adler. They take their flying saucer back to the Moon and to theGötterdämmerung, where Washington attempts to disable the weapons system (thereby confronting Doktor Richter) while Renate goes looking for Adler. Meanwhile, the international space craft armada has destroyed the Swastika moonbase and is heading for theGötterdämmerungas well.
In the final battle, Washington manages to disconnect the tablet device now controlling theGötterdämmerungwhile Richter takes out Adler. The spaceship crashes into the Moon, but not before Adler has taken out a considerable chunk of the Moon attempting to get a clear shot at the Earth.
The U.S. President calls Wagner from the UN session, congratulating her on her victory. However, Wagner mentions the large tanks of Helium-3 she has seen on the Moon. As it turns out, this material would keep the U.S. independent of foreign power sources for a millennium; thus, the President immediately lays claim to it. As a result, the UN members and the international spacecraft start attacking each other resulting in appearant mutual destruction of the spacecraft.
Richter meets up with Washington (now turned back to black) in the burning Swastika moonbase, where they kiss to the unbelieving eyes of the other Nazis. Richter remarks that "a lot has to be done still". The final moments of the film show the Earth, where ballistic missiles are launched across the globe.