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‘Shadow in the Cloud’ Review: Gaslighting and Gremlins at 20,000 Feet


#It’s 1943, #World #War II continues to rage across the #Pacific, and on an airfield in #Auckland, #New #Zealand, and RAF #Flight #Officer #Maude #Garrett (#Chloë #Grace #Moretz) needs to get on a flight ASAP. The #Women’s #Auxiliary #Air #Force pilot is carrying a package with her that contains something filed under “strictly classified,” and paperwork that should allow her safe passage anywhere. #Neither of which particularly endear her to the crew of “The #Fool’s #Errand,” a B-29 bomber headed to the #Samoan #Islands. The reactions to this last-minute passenger range from hostility to sexual harassment; only #Staff #Sergeant #Walter #Quaid (#Taylor #John #Smith) shows a sliver of kindness. #He even offers to watch the fragile cargo while she’s consigned to the plane’s bottom gun turret “for her own safety.”

#It’s not the vulgar come-ons and blatant misogyny that #Garrett’s hearing over the radio communications in her tiny travel arrangements that have her worried. There are a few things that seem a little off about this flight. #Like, for example, the loose hydraulic cable she noticed before she jumped on board. #And the small sliver of the windshield that’s been broken in the turret. #And also the fact that there’s a gremlin scurrying along the bomber’s underside. #That 1940s #Warners-style cartoon we saw earlier said that these bat-like creatures are merely the figment of goldbricking soldiers’ imaginations, but to be honest, the one who is tearing away at bits of the fusillade seems pretty real to #Maude ….

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#For a good portion of its first half, director/co-writer #Roseanne #Liang’s oddball mash-up of #Twelve O’ #Clock #High and a classic #Twilight #Zone episode makes the most of its mystery (what the hell is inside that package?) and claustrophobic setting, trapping #Moretz’s heroine in a confined space while a grotesque beast slowly turns this plane into a floating fortress of death. #What’s unsettling isn’t just that her officer has to fend for herself as a furry, ferocious and wildly resourceful rodent slowly dismantles everything around her, but how this “dame” is consistently dismissed, dissed and disbelieved because she’s a dame. #None of the crew take her early warnings about weird occurrences, unexplained gear malfunctions and a sighting of #Japanese fighter plane not long after they leave the base seriously. #None of them even believe she’s a pilot. #Her assertions that some thing is wreaking mayhem right under the cockpit’s nose is considered the ramblings of a lunatic. “Hysterics” is thrown at her more than once. The extended suggestion that #Maude’s nightmare at 20,000 feet here isn’t a gremlin but the near-constant threat of gaslighting is wielded like a blunt instrument, which doesn’t mean it’s not still effective. (#It’s also ironic, considering that the film’s cowriter is #Max #Landis, who may understand a thing or two about this concept.)

The men eventually come around — too late,  naturally — and we eventually find out the secret inside that carry-on she’s so concerned about, at which point #Moretz is allowed to go full #Ripley-meets-Rosie-the-Riveter and #Shadow in the #Cloud turns into a semi-baked genre casserole. #What it loses in teased metaphor and tension once some of the cards are turned over, the film more than makes up for in outlandishness; there’s a set piece involving a chaotic life-or-death struggle outside the bomber that goes from sweaty-hand harrowing to sublime to are-you-fucking-kidding-me ridiculous in seconds flat. #Prospective viewers may want to preemptively put on a neck brace, as this sort of whiplash effect quickly becomes par for the course.

#From that point forward, you either fully give in the facepalm-friendly vibe of this frantic film’s horror/war flick/Perils-of-Pauline pulp or you don’t, though the second option shouldn’t stop anyone from appreciating how comfortable #Moretz still is as an action hero all these years after #Kick #Ass. #It begins a VOD/digital run on #January 1st, and while this mix of thrills, chills and eyeroll-inducing WTFs is an inauspicious way to start a moviegoing year, it’s the type of viewing lark that works best through the haze of a long day’s journey into last night’s hangover. #It isn’t bad. #It should be better.





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