|Cast: Julia Dietze,
Director(s): Timo Vuorensola
Genre: Coming-of-Age Drama
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A terrific "B" movie.
I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's got a good sense of humour, with tongue squarely placed in cheek. Stilted acting (my friend who I saw it with was convinced everyone in the film must have been former porn stars based on the acting abilities on display...). Some good satire of modern day politics. And the best North Korean joke ever put on the big screen.
Moreover, the special effects are pretty good. In my mind, this movie obviates the need for any special-effects driven movie. For if a silly 90 minute long B-movie has special effects this good, why bother with all these other silly self-satisfied blockbusters?
All in all, a good romp of silly fun.
Oh, and despite the poster, this is a boobie-free movie. Sorry to disappoint, Mikey!
It truly was a happy birthday for Mr. Nerenberg!
Wow, I was hoping I'd enjoy this more than I did.
Yes, it's absolutely silly and ridiculous, so there shouldn't be any questions as to realism or authenticity, etc... BUT I'm gonna pull a Mikey-VS-Total-Recall here and point out a few basic things pertaining to space and gravity:
If you are exposed to the moon's atmosphere YOU WILL DIE.
If you blow up part of the moon's horizon, EVERYONE ON EARTH WILL DIE.
Now then, the good parts:
I enjoyed the premise and the opening sequences on the moon and the discovering of the Nazis thereupon. I was surprised at how good the FX were, given what this movie is, and it's probable relatively minimal budget. As bad as the acting was, it served the plot well enough, and it's always fun to see Udo Kier (a great character actor) along for shits and giggles.
What I didn't like, and what really threw me off, was the decision to have the Nazis turn the black astronaut into a white guy, via white-face or 'albinization'. Yes, I get it, but it kept reminding me of that terrible Wayans brothers film 'White Chicks' - it just looks freakish. You can a have a smart B-movie, but there was too much here making it dumb (the Sarah Palin-esque president and her awfully-acted fashion consultant). It's a fine line between rolling your eyes and groaning for good reasons and for bad ones. Anyways, this film is kinda critique-proof, given its over-the-top premise. You want Nazis from the moon invading Earth? You got it.
Yeah, but you gave Hugo three stars! And it had a automaton, built in the early 1900s, capable of sophisticated drawing! Come OOOOOnnnnnn!
You sir, have no credibility!
I won't comment on the "Science" or accuracy of anything here. I just plain hated this movie. I too thought the F/X were very well done considering this wasn't a blcokbuster movie with an endless budget so I giver points for that.
Everything else was so distracting and after a certain point I really wanted it to just end.
So ironic that PLONT has this rated at 1.5 while POT has it at 3.5
What's the world coming to??????
What can you say? Jeff likes his Nazis.
(Also, Jeffy, I forgot about the automaton in Hugo. I was way more focused on the film history aspect and the set designs)
I'm calling BS on the set designs in Hugo too!
That was part of what I HATED about that movie. It was like Scorsese switched brains with Spielberg. "Oh let's fill the screen with *wonder* and 'ooohhhhh & aahhhh', so that the *children* will be brought into a world of magic, rainbows, and lollipops".
It had about as much to do with Paris as the set of Gladiator had to do with Rome.
i.e., it was fake, distracting, and just plain SHITTY!
(Nothing's better for breakfast than a bowl of Kellog's Bitterflakes!)
I can't believe you're STILL kicking Gladiator in the nuts after 12 years.
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