20th May2019

‘Iron Sky: The Coming Race’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Lara Rossi, Vladimir Burlakov, Kit Dale, Tom Green, Julia Dietze, Edward Judge, Martin Swabey, Emilt Atack, Udo Kier, John Flanders, Stephanie Paul, James Quinn | Written by Timo Vuorensola, Dalan Musson | Directed by Timo Vuorensola

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race is the long-anticipated and multi delayed eight-year follow up to its original predecessor released in 2011. Once again directed by Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky: The Coming Race follows a group of space Nazis as they try and survive on the lunar base after a nuclear war has devastated earth, but with another distinct twist we’re now introduced to the Vril, who have been living inside the hollow earth since the dawn of time for chaos and absurdity to ensue.

Iron Sky: The Coming Race is one of those typical sequels in which it fails to find a balance of evolution and originality. It drastically changes shape to create a new distinctive layer, while trying to crawl all those fans back who they’ve presumably lost in the long eight-year wait. However, with what “fresh” aspects it brings, it loses that factor that made its predecessor watchable with how laughable natured it all was. But that time has passed, and the jokes don’t land. Repetitive to what we’ve seen before it and there i only so much your audience can laugh at in the idea of Nazis in space, and it’s not much to start with. Almost as if the film chooses a distinctively abstract subject matter to be a contrarian and wants to point and laugh with the audience but ultimately, you’re unironically laughing at the picture and not with it.

The performances are downright horrible. Udo Kier is the highlight of the picture but once again only in terms of an overly exaggerated and absurd role, not in terms of the stoic talent he so splendidly inhabits as an actor. Lara Rossi in the leading performance of Obi is sadly terrible. It’s difficult to appraise if its due to the awful screenplay from Dalan Musson and Timo Vuorensola or the lacking artificial personality her character. It just doesn’t work and with the decision to exercise a narrative headed by said character only makes matters worse with the film constantly relaying to the audience sequences we’ve just witnessed with our own eyes.

Vuorensola’s long-awaited sequel is built upon 50% silly intrigue with how bizarre this narrative actually is and 50% ludicrous absurdity that should never have been allowed on screen. If you’ve been waiting eight years for this sequel, only for it to make outdated and odd redundant subplot involving Steve Jobs iPhone jokes, I truly pity you.

The added inclusion of Tom Green cements this whole venture as an absurdists disaster that just isn’t worth your time.

Iron Sky: The Coming Race is out now on DVD and Blu-ray from 101 Films.

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