Review: In the Shadow of the Moon (2019 Fantastic Fest)

Title: In the Shadow of the Moon
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Director: Jim Mickle
Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine
Runtime:  1 hr 55 min

What It Is: It’s 1988 and a mysterious string of murders are occurring all over the city. Police Officer Locke (Holbrook) is on the case. As he chases down the murderer, his wife is giving birth to their daughter. As Locke closes in on the culprit his wife has complications during childbirth. But who is this mysterious murderer? And why is she targeting very specific people? Locke becomes obsessed with finding out and everything else takes a backseat until then.

What We Think: If I’m being honest about this I have to say this is…I was surprised. It is not a typical Netflix fair. The type of film where there’s just something missing. Nah this film nails it’s admittedly quite convoluted premise. Boyd Holbrook is really good at absolutely losing his mind here. The acting is good and Mickle is once again brilliant behind the camera. This dude has made some low key good films We Are What We Are, Cold in July and Stake Land. These are by no means films made for everyone. In fact, I’d say there’s a niche here but it knocks that out of the park. There are a TON of plothole as there usually is with films that stretch this length of time.

Our Grade: B-, Slightly better than the mediocrity that is the Fall Netflix schedule I am well aware that December is the month that Netflix wants to flex its original content. This is a good sit down and watch it type of Netflix film. One that demands your attention to make sense but is well made enough to also keep it. Give it a spin. I give this one a slight recommend and it is easy enough to access.

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