Sunday, March 15, 2020

Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019)

I remember liking Iron Sky, at least enough to forgive a few things about it.  When I came across news of a sequel, I was interested, but not enough to really follow it.  It wasn’t until recently that I came across Iron Sky:  The Coming Race.

Humanity is down to 1,980 people, all living on the moon.  Two decades have passed and the surface of the Earth is a barren wasteland.  Nazis and non-Nazis seem to get along fine.  There’s also a cult called the Jobsists, who worship Steve Jobs.  Add to this a group of Russians that makes it to the lunar base, only to be turned away.

The inhabitants of the base don’t have enough to support themselves and there’s only one person that really knows how to fix anything.  That one person is Obianaju ‘Obi’ Washington, daughter of James Washington and Renate Richter.  What’s everyone to do?  Well, lead a mission back to Earth, where a race of lizard people called the Vrill live below the surface in hopes of finding The Holy Grail.

So Obi leads an increasingly less-small group back to Earth, where it’s revealed that many of our important people, like Jobs and Hitler, were actually Vrill.  They’re all still living there in an artificial environment.

We’re treated to a lot of exposition.  It turns out that the Vrill came to Earth looking for a new home.  They experimented on primates to create humans.  The Holy Grail can be used to make you younger and healing you, giving you practical immortality.  In the end, humanity does survive, such as it is, and is headed to Mars, where there’s possibly going to be a third installment.

Maybe it’s just me, but I recall the first movie being much simpler.  The Coming Race has a lot going on, from ancient astronauts to Hitler on a dinosaur.  Also, the Vrill blame The President of the United States for destroying the planet.  (Granted, that was supposed to be referencing Sarah Palin, but still…)

If you take the movie for what it is, it can be enjoyable.  It can be a bit crazy at times and is all over the place, but it’s not so bad that you can’t follow it.  I was hesitant to watch it when I noticed Tom Green was in it.  I was never crazy about his over-the-top persona, but he was very subdued here as the leader of the Jobsists.  I think it could have been a little shorter, but was overall a good movie.  I would watch the first one before watching this one.



Sean said...

Tom Green is in this? Now I have to make Jay watch it!

Brian Kuhl said...

I knew Tom Green was in this and I still didn't know it was him when I saw him.