In the Shadow of the Moon
Director
Jim Mickle
Writer
Gregory Weidman & Geoff Tock
Actors
Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall, Bokeem Woodbine, Sarah Dugdale, Rudi Dharmalingam, Rachel Keller, Quincy Kirkwood, Philippa Domville, Tony Nappo, Al Maini, Ryan Allen, Tony Craig, Gabrielle Graham, Julia Knope, Nicolas Van Burek, Murray Furrow, David MacInnis, Stuart Dowling, Jennifer Graham, Colton Royce, Billy Otis, Trisha Blair, Delphine Roussel, Juan Carlos Velis, Jay Yoo, Sandra Battaglini, Nicky Lawrence, Phillip Jarrett, Elinor Price, Mark Cowling, Adrian Griffin, Martha Girvin, Jhonattan Ardila, Bobby Daniels, Yahsmin Daviault, Tadhg McMahon, Lila Yee, Edward Rendell, Nneka Elliott, Gregory Millar, Divan Meyer
Runtime
1 h 55 min
Release Date
27 September 2019
Genres
Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Overview
In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas "Locke" Lockhart, hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer whose crimes defy scientific explanation. When the killer mysteriously resurfaces nine years later, Locke's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity.
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IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON

In the Shadow of the Moon, a sci-fi thriller is one of the thousands of good films hidden deep within Netflix.  I only found it because I wanted to time travel and searched Google for “movies about time travel.” In the Shadow of the Moon is a detective story that starts in 1988 and ends in 2024.  The movie evolves into an obsession for the detective Thomas “Lock” Locke (Boyd Holbrook, The Predator) trying to solve an unexplainable string of serial killings.  I am becoming more and more convinced that anything created between 2016 and 2020 somehow is influenced by or relates to Trump. Because this film has some fantastical relevance regarding the current political situation.  The ending does make you dream about a more perfect union, albeit in an evil and sick way.  But it could work.

Maddox (Bokeem Woodbine, Lock (Boyd Holbrook) & Holt (Michael C. Hall)

Experienced and competent actors star in In the Shadow of the Moon. The actors are not well-known, but there is nothing unprofessional about any of the acting. All actors play their characters perfectly.  Boyd Holbrook stars as “Lock” who deteriorates into a near-homeless detective obsessed with only this case.  The only face I recognize is “Locks” partner, Winston Maddox, played by Bokeem Woodbine (Queen & Slim).  Bokeem has a memorable look and plays similar support characters as I recall.  Michael C. Hall, best known for Dexter (SHO) and Six Feet Under (HBO), is the more senior detective – and Lock’s brother-in-law – plays by the book and does not become obsessed with the case.  The rest are minor characters who end up playing a significant role in the film.  These include Cleopatra Coleman (TVs Last Man on Earth), Sarah Dugdale, a cute 9-year old Quincy Kirkwood, and Rachel Keller (FX’s Legion).

In the Shadow of the Moon is a sci-fi thriller, so there is some talk of time travel and unstable coronal isotopes (?), but the science fiction part is not overdone.  For most of the film, this is a straightforward detective story about solving a crime.  There is lots of foreshadowing that you will understand after the big reveal at the end.  The final dialogue slows the ending but is worth it since it all makes sense.

In the Shadow of the Moon is a good sci-fi thriller worth watching if you like a good detective story with a bit of whimsy.  If you voted for Biden, you will enjoy the film more.

Movie Details

Director
Jim Mickle
Writer
Gregory Weidman & Geoff Tock
Actors
Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall, Bokeem Woodbine, Sarah Dugdale, Rudi Dharmalingam, Rachel Keller, Quincy Kirkwood, Philippa Domville, Tony Nappo, Al Maini, Ryan Allen, Tony Craig, Gabrielle Graham, Julia Knope, Nicolas Van Burek, Murray Furrow, David MacInnis, Stuart Dowling, Jennifer Graham, Colton Royce, Billy Otis, Trisha Blair, Delphine Roussel, Juan Carlos Velis, Jay Yoo, Sandra Battaglini, Nicky Lawrence, Phillip Jarrett, Elinor Price, Mark Cowling, Adrian Griffin, Martha Girvin, Jhonattan Ardila, Bobby Daniels, Yahsmin Daviault, Tadhg McMahon, Lila Yee, Edward Rendell, Nneka Elliott, Gregory Millar, Divan Meyer
Runtime
1 h 55 min
Release Date
27 September 2019
Genres
Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Overview
In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas "Locke" Lockhart, hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer whose crimes defy scientific explanation. When the killer mysteriously resurfaces nine years later, Locke's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity.

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