Holy Crap… The Hell Did I Just Watch???
Well well well… This move truly was a game of two halves! I legitimately sit here for the first time in sometime truly struggling to come up with a single solitary clue what I am going to write about Shadow in the Cloud. To say I went into this with little expectations would be an understatement, I went into this with ZERO expectations, I knew not a thing about it. On the poster we have an image of Chloe Grace Moretz in 1940s attire hanging onto what looks like the underside of a plane.
A quick IMDb search later and I find that this was written by Max Landis, being a big fan of the man I got fairly excited for checking it out… A further search and according to the trivia section Landis was booted from the project and his script was overhauled by the director. I was a tad less excited but still intrigued enough but let me tell you… I was not ready for Shadow in the Cloud.
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
Director: Roseanne Liang Writer: Max Landis, Roseanne Liang
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Callan Mulvey, Nick Robinson
We are smack dab in the middle of World War 2 and on a dark stormy night Maude Garrett (Grace Moretz) boards a B-17 Bomber carrying a top secret package. Met with some resilience and paranoia she is confined to the turret on the belly of the plane. Not long into the flight Maude finds herself subjected to lad banter before she notices something on the wing, something terrifying!!!. Armed with her bravery and her wit Maude must win over the Men, Defeat the creature, fend off the Japanese and protect the package.
To be perfectly honest with you all, this movie doesn’t just ask for you to have a suspension of disbelief, it asks you to take everything you know about Logic, Science and faith then just throw all of that crap in the bin because your not going to need it when watching the bonkers crazy weirdfest. Having said that, I can’t say it’s not entertaining.
the first half of the movie plays out like that Shatner Outer Limits episode with the Gremlin on the wing and is actually a really solid tense well written, well performed and well made first half. Grace Moretz is carrying this movie on her shoulders and she is super strong considering she is the main focus. The dialogue for the radio chatter between our plane passengers is superb (although very misogynistic and very sexist but of its time) and adds a ton of tension.
THEN the creature turns up on the wing. The effects on the Gremlin are actually pretty decent as it goes, but I couldn’t know how nuts this was about to get. Shortly after meeting the creature the plane is attacked by some enemy Japanese planes and the run to the end of the flick becomes a thrill ride with a strangely well fitting synth-y retro score that plays nicely over Grace Moretz hanging off the underneath of the plane somewhat cartoonishly followed by her falling out of the plane only to be blown back in by the explosion of a Japanese plane in fairly bombastic fashion, I mean I was taking a drink at this moment and couldn’t control my convulsion enough to stop it from going everywhere it’s straight up Lunacy on an epic “Fast and Furious” scale, but bloody good fun!!
If you have a spare hour and a half then you could watch a lot worse than Shadow in the Cloud it’s actually pretty fun once you get past how over the top the female empowerment statement is, I mean yeah I get it “girl power, right on” but killing all the men in the movie off as unceremoniously as they do just to make a bit of a point (and not all that well really) is a strange choice. I guess I mean that the message was fairly obvious however it got lost in the mix. I mean there is literally a moment where she is an absolute kick ass bad ass then she promptly takes out her boob and starts breast feeding (little bit on the nose movie).
it’s a 3 out of 5 and not a very strong one really. I would love to know how much of the Landis script survived though. It’s not the worst film ever and it’s always nice to see Chloe Grace Moretz flexing her acting muscle and being all she can be. Less of that British accent though please.