To say that Shadow in the Cloud is all over the place would be the world’s biggest understatement. It jumps from World War 2 actioner to science fiction silliness to emotional family drama all in the space of 84 confusing minutes. Also thrown in for good measure is a ‘discussion’ of a woman’s place on the battlefield masked as female empowerment as director Roseanne Liang turns around a script by known misogynist and all around fiend Max Landis, a man whose credits only nose dive after the interesting but messy Chronicle. Liang’s film isn’t to be taken seriously and because of it, it oddly works with its mess of disagreeable parts.
Following pilot Maude Garrett (Chloe Grace Moretz) on a mission aboard a plane full of seemingly chauvinist pigs, the film promptly devolves into claustrophobic action when Maude is locked inside a gun turret and forced to face off against both Japanese fighters and a creature that has snuck aboard mid flight. Moretz makes a bunch of heavy exposition oddly fun and the authentic World War 2 score full of techno makes for a pleasant break from reality also but this is quintessential leave your mind at the door storytelling that embraces the Fast and Furious physics bending and turns it to eleven. There is no denying that Shadow in the Cloud is all kinds of bad but the fact it keeps you guessing through some impressively detailed action and Moretz seems to be having one hell of a time with it makes it a film worth watching, even if its to pick it apart piece by piece.