Shadow In The Cloud
Shadow In The Cloud is an interesting movie in that it both entertained me but also disappointed me.
Captain Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on a highly classified mission, with orders from the very top, joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber, literally as the plan is preparing to take off. Not quite sure what to do with a woman on a military flight, the crew forces Maude to sit in the ball turret for the first part of the flight as they come to terms with what’s happening. A sexist attitude with a healthy dose of mistrust leads to paranoia. Maude spends the first half of the film in the ball turret, becoming increasingly upset about the package that she is supposed to be keeping safe.
And things start to get weird as a weird monster is seen on the wing, and then Japanese planes start to attack, even though the allied plane is way out of range of the Japanese air force. Maude proves her chops by shooting don the planes, but this alone is not enough for the male crew to trust her.
Shadow in the Cloud has all the trappings of a decent supernatural thriller/horror. With Maude’s backstory not checking out, despite her awesome gunning skills, things come to a head and shortly thereafter the film comes off its rails.
The promised supernatural thrill ride turns into something completely different, plot holes rip apart everything you’ve just seen, and all of Chloë’s amazing work in the first half of the film just disappears.
Don’t get me wrong, Chloë still has plenty to deliver, and she does, it’s just that the direction that the first half of the film had quite beautifully set up is pretty much ignored in the second act. I really don’t want to go into details lest I spoil the film for you.
As I said at the start Shadow is an enjoyable film and has a great ending, but the total change of direction midway through just destroys the promise of epicness. Shadow could have been so much more, but it somehow lost its way.
Rating: R13 Restricted to persons 13 years and over. Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.
GEEKERY rating: 3/5