|Starring||Julia Dietze, Götz Otto, Stephanie Paul, Christopher Kirby, Peta Sergeant|
|Release||23 MAY (UK) Certificate 15|
The film manages to get by on sheer audacity for quite a while before it runs out of shock juice. Astronazis wearing recalibrated gas masks, the scale of the base and its population, the repurposed school lesson taught by heroine Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) and the hilarious racial stereotyping of Washington (when he first sees the Moon Nazis, he exclaims "Man, you gotsta be trippin'!") all win early points for the film.
But then once all the introductory goose-stepping fun wears off, we're left with a nonsensical story, unfunny characterisation and plot contrivances that will leave you wishing that this whole thing was just a long comedy sketch. Unfortunately, the film tries to rely on the enthusiasm of its audience to gloss over the cracks. For example, in the final scene, a main character re-appears with no explanation as to how he got there - oh well, just shake your head and put it down to B-movie hijinks.
At least the special effects are budget impressive, being as highly polished and spectacular in scope as anything from a decade-old blockbuster such as Armageddon. This says something either about how some remarkable FX was created on stretched-thin finances, or simply how far CGI has come in the last 10 years. Either way, it adds welcome sparkle in an otherwise amateur-looking effort.
Overall though, shock horror: hilariously terrible-sounding movie ends up being nowhere near as fun as you might hope. This does not bode well for my time-travelling monkey idea.