Available today in select theaters across the country, VOD (Video on Demand) and on digital is the Sci-Fi, action, thriller, Shadow in the Cloud.
The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Joe Witkowski and Bryon Coll.
Late one night, during World War II, a mysterious female boards a B-17 bomber. She tells them that her name is Captain Maude Garrett (Moretz) and she’s on a top secret mission. She’s carrying with her a package that she says must be protected at all costs. She says that she will protect that package with her life.
The all male crew doesn’t take too kindly to her, but they let her stay onboard because she presented them with official papers telling them that she has clearance to ride in their plane from a higher up.
Thinking they will protect her from things bouncing around inside the plane, the crew make Captain Garrett stay inside a small cockpit under the plane that is used to help gun down enemy planes (it’s equipped with machine guns). Captain Garrett is forced to leave the top secret package inside the plane where one of the crew members, Quaid, offers to protect it and keep it safe.
While under the plane, Captain Garrett starts to see things like enemy planes and creatures under the plane (gremlins!). The crew above inside the plane don’t believe her and go on to make fun of her and negative comments about women in general.
Captain Garrett has no choice but to take things into her own hands, especially when she gets attacked by one of the creatures.
All Captain Garrett can think of is that package and it’s safety, as well as surviving the flight.
Are the gremlins real, or just her imagination? And what is so special about that package? To find out you need to go see or rent Shadow in the Cloud. Look for it where ever movies are sold, rented and/or streamed.
Strap yourself in for one heck of a joy ride… or should I say joy flight… with this film.
First and foremost, I never pictured Moretz as an “action hero.” I know she was in the film Kick A$$, but I never saw that film. I can only assume she was an action hero in that film too.
I wouldn’t want to cross paths, in a bad way, with Moretz. She does kick a$$ in this film – several times too. She’s keeps surprisingly calm when she’s being attacked by a gremlin. She’s more concerned about that mystery package she’s trying to protect.
I also give Moretz credit for being able to pull off a British accent as well as she did.
I’m surprised that Nick Robinson had such a small role in this film. The other actors I am not familiar with, but Robinson I am. I would have thought he would have played a bigger part in the story line too.
The special effects in this film are awesome. I especially like the gremlins. They look like huge, monster bats, not the cartoon ones seen on that Bugs Bunny cartoon.
I liked that the plane and clothing were done accurately for the period the film is supposed to be based in (1940’s I believe). Even some of the negative terms that the crewman use with Captain Garrett (“Dame,” “Dolly”) seem to be appropriate for that era (even though they were used negatively).
This film captured my interest from start to finish. I don’t think there was ever a dull moment, to be honest with you.
While the story does have a lot of “far fetched” aspects to it (especially how Captain Garrett ends up back in the plane after she falls through a hole in the plane’s bottom), it still makes this film wildly entertaining film. It’s a fun ride from start to finish. It’s full of surprises (when you see the film, you’ll know what I mean).
I streamed the film, so I am not sure if there is any bonus content. Perhaps when the movie comes out on Blu-ray and/or DVD there might be some. In the mean time, here is the film’s trailer.
As soon as I saw the trailer I knew I wanted to see this film. Sometimes trailers show the best parts of the film, leaving the rest of the film boring or lackluster. That was not the case in this film.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.