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Shadow in the Cloud, 2020 – ★★★½

If Roseanne Liang says she completely rewrote the script, she completely rewrote the script. Fuck Max Landis. As always.

This was going to be cheesy but OK, but then it got awesome. It is in your face about Chloë Grace Moretz kicking ass. One of the ways in which it gets awesome is that once things get going she doesn’t hesitate or flinch at all, and it becomes clear that any trepidation she had at the beginning of the movie is just about keeping her secret. Once that’s gone? Yeah, fuck it, time to fight.

Another way it gets awesome is disregard for the laws of physics. Liang is not interested in pretending that action movies are realistic. We’re in Big Trouble in Little China territory here, and why shouldn’t we be?

The soundtrack is phenomenal. It’s an 80s synth dream. This is really weird for a 2020s movie set in the 1940s, but it works like a charm. Maybe because the movie’s really kind of timeless? Bit of a fever dream, and the music carries that along nicely.

For an 80 minute movie there are an awful lot of things happening. That’s okay.

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