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TIFF 2020: “Shadow in the Cloud”


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

There are many movies made by women and for women. However, some of them are missing the elements of excitement in a way I hardly can explain. But what I saw in Roseanne Liang’s “Shadow in the Cloud” was close enough to be called perfection.

Set in Auckland Allied Air base, New Zealand in 1943, Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) boards a plane with a highly classified package. I repeat, with a highly secure package, that cannot be unsealed. However, the men on the plane are too excited about the lady on board. In fact, they begin to discuss who is going to date her first. In the meantime, while they talk nonsense, she fights with the shadow in the cloud which the crew of the plane have no idea they will have to face too.

The majority part of the film is a Chloë Grace Moretz show. Her facial expressions, lines delivered and the performance overall is right on spot. But it is the storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Nail-biting scenes and pure suspense will have your heart racing. As for the closing scene, my goodness, it is the most astonishing thing I have seen. Indeed, some scenes made no sense. Trust me, it’s ridiculous and unbelievable. But because of the intensity, they way it’s been delivered, all the nonsense you think you saw in the film won’t matter. It offers a hell of a ride, trust me on that, something you would not like to miss.

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