In the Shadow of the Moon is a new foray into the terrain of the criminal sci-fi thriller of the Netflix streaming platform. Dirt already explored previously with an equally unsatisfactory result as it happened with Mute or even the most disastrous See you Yesterday.
In the Shadow of the Moon begins with a series of strange deaths that occur in unison at various points in the city of Philadelphia. All of them have been produced without apparent signs of violence, have bled to death, with a liquefied brain and the bodies have puncture marks on the neck. Police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) with his brother-in-law, Detective Holt (Michael C. Hall) begins the investigation behind the trail of a murderer who seems to have at his disposal unknown technology and even the ability to travel through time.
The premise is quite attractive and the film seems to travel at least in its first part with a firm step and an atmosphere of black cinema or noir quite achieved. The evolution of events is becoming less bearable gradually. The narrative is resenting as the film progresses and consequently, the interest in the plot is gradually decreasing, until reaching a final part more than predictable... Despite having a moderately surprising turn, we will not reveal to not enter spoiler ground.
The acting cast has familiar faces although we do not find any consecrated stars that are a real claim for the general public. Boyd Holbrook (who worked on movies such as Predator in 2018, and also Logan from 2017 and played the Steve Murphy character in Narcos) fulfills without penalty or glory the leading role, a character that we believe lacks some depth so that the viewer can really empathize with him. Michael C. Hall (who played Dexter Morgan in Dexter and also David Fisher in the wonderful Two Meters Under the Ground) simply does what he usually does and embroiders a secondary role that well deserved a greater weight on the tape, but that just doesn't happen here. The third in discord is the actress Cleopatra Coleman (secondary of the series The Last Man on Earth), curious case since her character is more important in the plot than real presence in the film, as you can see this film plays with a premise that could be amazing and has a lot of potential but ends up wasting it as it loses personality frame by frame from start to end, but we're used to seeing how Netflix movies go down and down with the years, and we think it might be because they're trying to only please the masses and, well, you know how that goes.
In the Shadow of the Moon had enough possibilities to become the best film of its director Jim Mickle. Although he did not have any film in his career that could be considered as a remarkable work of the so-called seventh art, it does, in our opinion, have quite an acceptable job, almost exploring all genders. Endorsed above all by two of his previous films, Stake Land (2010) and Cold in July (2014). The first one is a low-budget film, which meant its directorial debut and that obtained good general criticism as it was endowed with not little intelligence and originality despite being a fairly well-manned theme such as post-apocalyptic plague, and which in this case instead of Zombies we find Vampires. The second of them falls into the genre of criminal thriller or neo-noir cinema, with a fairly leisurely pace and that was a new success at least among professional critics.
Therefore, In The Shadow of the Moon, Jim Mickle's new work, is another very enjoyable movie, although below its previous ones. You can make a good entertainment plan for this weekend out of this movie, as long as your expectations are not too high.