Iron Sky clip kicks off a war

Energia Productions and Blind Spot pictures have released a sneak peek clip for Iron Sky which depicts the first scene of the upcoming sci-fi adventure comedy.

Spoilers follow.

Here’s we’ve got the opening scene of the film, and the first volley in a grand war between Earth and the Nazis who have been living on the moon since the end of World War II:

With so many serious sci-fi films out this year, with lots of heavy themes and deep characters, it’ll be fun to have such a lighthearted film in the mix, especially one which hasn’t decided to make the production values part of the joke. The visuals here are gorgeous, and if it’s any indication of what the rest of the film will look like, we’re in for a treat in the theater.

The premise is a bit goofy, and I’m not sure how big the segment of the population is who think that Nazis are funny, but it looks like there might be some fun characters here. Mostly, I think the appeal will be all the space combat and other special effects sequences, which a more serious film would not tolerate quite so much of.

The synopsis for Iron Sky is thus:

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces? The Fourth Reich must act!

Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities.

Here’s the trailer for reference:

Iron Sky, directed by Timo Vuorensola, produced by Tero Kaukomaa and written by Johanna Sinisalo along with Michael Kalesniko, lands in theaters April 4, 2012.