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Nazis-in-space movie intrigues Berlin Film Festival

The Finnish movie "Iron Sky," about vengeful Nazis returning to Earth, cost around $10 million to make and most of the funds seem to have come from an online appeal.

Scene from "Iron Sky"
B movies aren't exactly rocket science. Except sometimes. Screenshot by Jonathan Skillings/CNET

I do not know whether the moon is inhabited by Nazis, though I suspect it unlikely.

However, a Finnish film director, Timo Vuorensola, decided that this would be the perfect time to consider whether, after World War II, Nazis had escaped to the moon and, in the 21st century, decided to invade Earth.

"Iron Sky," on viewing the trailer, seems to be an exciting affair, one that is moving audiences to various emotions at the Berlin Film Festival.

"They have studied our culture," it declares with full cinematic portent. "They have identified our weaknesses," it continues. That's not terribly hard, since, these days, we're telegraphing them through every social network we can find.

Still, the Nazis in this movie refer to us as "subhumans," which seems a little myopic, as that's how quite a few people feel about Nazis.

The movie is set in 2018, but there is no sign of space colonist Newt Gingrich. However, the U.S. president bears a remarkable resemblance to Sarah Palin. Indeed, she watches the carnage from the safety of some secure bunker--as dignitaries often do--and declares: "S***, this just keeps getting better and better."

You might be thinking that is something of a B-movie spoof. It is. Vuorensola even called it a "stupid joke." However, German audiences, according to the BBC, are still somewhat wary of Nazi humor, however stupid.

The movie cost around $10 million to make and most of the funds seem to have come from an online appeal. Reviews have been mixed, but how can reviewers possibly relate to the future when they so often seem to abide in the past?

I, for one, am looking forward to its debut in April, in order to see just how well the Nazis weathered when they escaped Earth and set up a colony on the moon--the dark side, one imagines.