In the Shadow of the Moon was just released on Netflix September 27th after premiering at Fantastic Fest a week earlier. Produced by Netflix the film stars Boyd Holbrock (Logan, The Predator, The Host), Cleopatra Coleman (The Last Man on Earth), and Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under). Directed by Jim Mickle, In the Shadow’s story begins in 1988 Philadelphia. A serial killer strikes out of the blue murdering three victims in a single night. Beat cop Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking the killer and eventually confronts and seemingly kills them the same night. However, mysteriously nine years later, a spree of murders mimicking the original crime occur. When the killer’s crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Locke’s obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity.
Director Jim Mickle had this to say,
“Gregory [Weidman] and Geoff’s [Tock] script is such a great mind bender and beautifully weaves together all my favorite genres, Boyd [Holbrook] is going to eat this role alive and show why he’s one of the best young actors working today. We’re lucky to have an incredibly talented producing team and a home like Netflix that’s excited to take chances. Any studio that makes Okja has a permanent place in my heart.”
I completely enjoyed this movie. Not having any idea what is was about when I selected it, I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline and the production values of this film. The plot weaves a mystery/crime movie into a sci-fi thriller in a very slow and even way that you don’t really notice the transition until it’s right in your face. Cleopatra Coleman was outstanding as Rya. While she had minimal lines in the first half of the movie, she conveyed a desperate urgency and compassion that had you questioning whether she was actually a criminal, or somehow a savior. Boyd Holbrock really sold his part shifting from eager your cop, to seasoned detective, to the man who has just about lost it all with such ease you would think the roles were played by three different actors.
So minor spoilers ahead, the film deals with time travel, and as Avengers: Endgame taught us, everything we learned from the movies isn’t really how it all works. In the Shadow of the Moon throws it’s theory of time travel into the mix and you will have to watch the movie to see exactly how it works here. I really liked how they dealt with the concept and their theory made for some interesting plot devices. I strongly recommend giving this movie a chance, I’m pretty sure will please a wide audience given how many genres it crosses.