Friends, as a young adult I harbored the dream of being a screenwriter, which meant that I stayed up to date on all of the new films being released – thanks to the likes of Premiere and Entertainment Weekly. Of course it didn’t hurt that at the time I was working at the local movie theater and checking out some of the industry magazines too. However I have noticed that in the past few years I have just been unable to keep up with all of the films coming out – whether they be big studio blockbusters or independent pictures. I bring all of this up I suppose as an excuse for why Shadow in the Cloud – direct by Roseanne Liang (Do No Harm) and starring Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In, Suspiria) flew under my radar. A hybrid World War II action/horror picture that takes place on a B-17 bomber – with Flight Officer Maude Garret (Mortez) transporting something top secret… things get really weird as well as dangerous though for Maude and the crew of the “The Fool’s Errand” when they take to the skies.
Besides Moretz, the film also boasts the talents of Taylor John Smith (Wolves), Benedict Wall (Operation Buffalo), Beulah Koale (Hawaii Five-0), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Joe Witkowski (The Wilds), as well as Byron Coll (Power Rangers Ninja Steel).
A word of WARNING, besides obvious spoilers the trailer also features a moment of SALTY LANGUAGE – nothing you wouldn’t hear on a prime time crime drama however.
I found a rather interesting bit of information for Shadow in the Cloud in regards to the screenplay. Both Roseanne Liang and Max Landis are credited as co-writers on the picture – but this interview with Brian Davids for The Hollywood Reporter seems to explain that not only did Liang do extensive rewrites but this picture is all but her vision.
Shadow in the Cloud had it’s world premiere back on September 12th of 2020 at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. As a matter of fact it apparently was bestowed the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the festival – and judging from that trailer it looks like because it is going to be a whole lot of fun. It was released on VOD just yesterday – which is how I found out about it as I saw it pop up on my Amazon Prime new release rental list. Perhaps I should do a review for Shadow in the Cloud after I get a chance to check it out for myself?