‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ Review: A Genre Mash-Up of Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, and Action [Fantastic Fest 2019]

/Film | 9/22/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Hey, have you ever wanted to watch a movie that features nearly every single genre at once? If so, I’ve got just the film for you! It’s called In the Shadow of the Moon, and it’s a frenetic mash-up of sci-fi, mystery, horror, and action. The only things it’s missing are a musical number or two and a rom-com subplot. This ambitious, sometimes ridiculous experience takes big risks – some of which pay off, some of which don’t. It’s a cop thriller, a time-bending saga, a gore-soaked splatterfest. It rides on a wave of goofiness mixed with earnestness, and it’s hard not to appreciate something like that.

It’s 1988, and Philadelphia beat cop Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) dreams of becoming a hotshot detective. The kind of detective you see in the movies – standing around in the rain, wearing cool jackets, shining flashlights into the darkest of dark spots. One wild night, Lockhart gets caught up in an extremely perplexing mystery: several people in various parts of the city inexplicably die in the same way – their brains literally liquefy in their skulls, causing blood to gush from their ears, eyes, nose, and mouths. It’s gruesome stuff – and made all the disturbing by the fact that no one can figure out how the murders were committed.

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Despite the unexplained nature of the crimes, a suspect is soon identified – a young woman (Cleopatra Coleman) running all over town. Lockhart eventually catches up with the woman after a thrilling chase, but before he can get any answers, the suspect is obliterated by a subway train. Still – case closed, right? Lockhart gets promoted to a detective, and his brother-in-law (Michael C. Hall), another cop, gets bumped up to lieutenant.

But nine years later, the mystery woman is somehow back, alive and well –...
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