Rent Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

2.4 of 5 from 118 ratings
1h 23min
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Outmanned, outgunned and on a mission to deliver top secret documents that could turn the tide of World War II. A young female officer (Chloe Grace Moretz) must convince a rag-tag regiment to stand by her side and get her to her final destination...With nowhere to run, time slipping away and a sinister stowaway on board, the mission looks all but lost as the oruelty of war becomes reality. Survive at any cost.
, , , , , , , , Liam Legge, Asher Bridle, Joshua Marchant
Fred Berger, Tom Hern, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Kelly McCormick
Narrated By:
Ryan Cooper
Max Landis, Roseanne Liang
Signature Entertainment
Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thrillers
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Run Time:
83 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1

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Reviews (6) of Shadow in the Cloud

Not good - Shadow in the Cloud review by TH

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This film is fairly cheaply made and features no character development or interesting backstory.

The acting is OK but it really felt like I was watching something from Syfy channel.

Don't waste 85 mins on this.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Don't bother - Shadow in the Cloud review by JL

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The synopsis was promising a wartime movie of action, indeed, "deliver top secret documents that could turn the tide of World War II" - no such documents were referred to or appeared in the film. The description is very misleading. There is no evidence that the writer or director knows anything about the subjects.  It was all totally unbelievable, poorly filmed, hammy and, if it were not for the foul language, the storyline is more akin to a child's fantasy film.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Minimalist so-called ‘movie’ - Shadow in the Cloud review by Alphaville

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Most of this film is set inside a 1943 war plane that is being attacked by a ‘monstrous’ gremlin. That’s the plot. Unfortunately the gremlin is likely to cause more laughs than terror. The first half-hour is even more constricted, being set inside a hatch inside the plane, with most of the dialogue happening off-screen.

There’s a short final scene outside, but even that is confined, so don’t be fooled by the misleadingly expansive trailer. This isn’t a film, it’s a radio play. Close your eyes and most of the time you’ll miss nothing. At 72mins before the end-credits roll, the makers obviously soon ran out of ideas.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Shadow in the Cloud review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Upon the film’s first mention of Gremlins, the immediate reference one might jump to for such a film (besides the obvious Bugs Bunny short parodied in the opening) is that of the Twilight Zone episode where a passenger on plane witnesses a monster on the wing that nobody else can see. As if to not make that comparison apparent, Shadow in the Cloud mixes in a whole lot of other stuff for its genre-mixing mash. You’ll get elements of war drama, relationship drama, war action, and a 1980s soundtrack. Perhaps if all of this was thrown into the mix, there’d be some sort of retro allure matching that of pulpy comic books. Sadly, it’s more of a mess than anything.

Chloë Grace Moretz plays Maude, a pilot in 1943 who has just hopped aboard a B-17 bomber for a secret mission. Stashed in a turret cockpit, she endures the radio chatter of the boys speaking about her in an uncomfortable manner. She has instructed them not to open a mysterious box she has brought aboard, stating that it is confidential and opening it would mean a court-martial. However, Maude may be more than she appears as her tone starts to change the nosy the crew gets of her actions.

A whole lot of stuff happens during this first act. A gremlin is seating ripping up the exterior of the plane from an angle only Maude can see. The package is opened and some soap-opera level drama comes about on the plane. And then Japanese jet fighters start shooting up the bomber. So with all three of these elements going on at the same time, there’s a real conflict of tones throughout. The 1980s synth soundtrack doesn’t help either, laying thick on the electronica for a film set during World War II.

I think the moment where all of this starts going downhill fast is when Maude gets out of the cockpit. For the first act, she’s trapped inside this turret and I got a little intrigued as to if this was a minimalist bottle movie. However, it becomes clear that isn’t the case when Maude, seeing the gremlin on the outside of the bomber has her package, decides to scale the outside to secure it. In this sequence, there’s some lackluster compositing and questionable computer graphics. Also worth noting is how the gremlins change throughout the film. In the first act, we’re introduced to the creature through the darkness of night, concealing the creature in shadows. By the end of the film, however, he’s out in daylight, and engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Maude is more than just a little awkward.

So much of this film just doesn’t work because it feels like too many elements crammed into a blender with none of it working. It’s also not too surprising that such a faltering script was co-written by Max Landis, considering it’s teeming with politically incorrect sexist and racist slang slinging which seems ridiculously overdone for a story set in the 1940s. The action is jarring with the ho-hum visual effects, the dialogue all over the place, and the style is such a conflict of lighting, music, and tension. It could have been a retro bit of EC comics or even Heavy Metal style fiction blending but not in its current state of cobbled together elements.

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