Iron Sky: The Coming Race

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race is a 2019 Finnish-German comic science fiction action film directed by Timo Vuorensola. The sequel to Vuorensola's 2012 film Iron Sky, its production was crowdfunded through Indiegogo. Like its predecessor, the film mixes political themes with repeated allusions to the popular culture and various conspiracy theories, but is generally more action-adventure oriented. A major inspiration of the content (and title) is the Vril conspiracy theory.

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Theatrical film poster
Directed byTimo Vuorensola[1]
Screenplay byDalan Musson[1]
Story by
Based on
Produced by
  • Tero Kaukomaa[1]
  • Oliver Damian
  • Peter De Maegd
CinematographyMika Orasmaa[1]
Edited byJoona Louhivuori
Music byLaibach
Iron Sky Universe
120dB Film Finance
Distributed by101 Films[2]
Scoundrel Media
Release date
  • 16 January 2019 (2019-01-16) (Finland)
Running time
93 minutes[2]
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • English
  • German
Budget17 million[3]
(US$10–25 million[2])
Box office$400,000 (excluding Finland)[4]

The plot follows a group of nuclear holocaust survivors living in an abandoned Nazi base on the far side of the Moon. Boarding a barely-functioning spacecraft, they travel to the nucleus of the hollow Earth in an attempt to recover the Holy Grail from a group of reptilian shape-shifters who are led by Tyrannosaurus-riding Adolf Hitler.

Produced on a budget of 17 million euros, The Coming Race is the most expensive Finnish live-action picture ever made. The production suffered from repeated delays and a two-part copyright dispute, with a Finnish court denying that copyright even existed in the subject matter of the case apart from one 3D model, the Japanese Ship. The second half of the case was a counterclaim by the production companies to sue the original Iron Sky 3D artists for continued use of their work. The court ruled that the production companies had not shown any evidence of copyright ownership themselves and dismissed the counterclaim.[5]

The Coming Race was released on 16 January 2019 in Finland, but performed very poorly in the box office. Most reviews were negative, citing problems such as unidimensional characters, low-quality CGI, dated jokes, and confused script. The self-conscious ludicrousness of the storyline divided critics, with some finding it amusing while others criticized it as disorienting and unfunny. Lara Rossi's and Udo Kier's performances were praised by some reviewers.