Shadow in the Cloud

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Violent, profane WWII thriller addresses sexual harassment.

R 2021 83 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 15+

Original Movie with brilliant possibilities let down by agendas

This movie had the ability to be as good as it's trailer. The movie has it's positives. It was good to see an original story-line, and one where you couldn't guess the plot or what was going to happen next, which is rare these days. Add to that, few movies are able to have one setting and show a single actor only for half of the movie and keep audiences interested. Castaway comes to mind, and to give credit where due, this movie did a reasonable job at it. Along with the actors playing their roles well - this movie had incredible potential and you can see it throughout - to cast a heroine that girls could look up to, battling against the odds and a unique storline, a unpredictable creature. So in that light it's almost unbelievable how bipolar the movie is, because just as much as it is good - it's also just horrible. How could anyone get it so right and wrong at the same time? It seems that few movies are out of reach by various movements with their agenda's today, and that's where the answer may lie - as this one suffers the same fate. One is left with the impression as though it was re-written or directed for the primary intention to push a feminist narrative, portraying men in the worst possible light at all costs - and that cost included sacrificing what could have been a great interesting and entertaining movie. The overboard out-of-reality narrative that tries to portray most men as childish misogynists, and can't do anything right sucked at much of the life this movie had to offer. Add to that over the top cursing and language and a bombardment of ongoing sexual talk to push an unrealistic setting and the movie took a sharp and weird downhill turn (along with it's 80's synth music against a WW2 40's background). And given that this was set in a WW2 setting - it was more than a little disappointing to see the disrespect the creators have showed for those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom by portraying airmen in the manner they did in this movie. No doubt there have always been some like that, but they were the exception, not the rule. Maybe if you enjoyed wonder woman and don't mind (or support) those types of narratives - this could be an enjoyable movie. I on the other hand finished up shaking my head - left wondering just how good it could have been if the underlying storyline was left to pursue a entertaining story than pushing a feminist world view. Parents - if you let your kids watch this movie, be prepared for the violence, swearing and sexual references, as well as the attack on your sons gender. It may also be an opportunity to explain "Tall Poppie Syndrome" as well, as there's nothing wrong with a good heroine movie, but when the writers have to pull down and portray males in the worst possible way to lift up that heroine, they've failed at creating a good heroine. A good writer can create a good heroine that is able to stand on her own without needing to demonise the other male characters in the same way that a real successful person succeeds on their own merits without having to pull down or deminish the good character of others around them.

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Too much swearing
age 14+

It’s a joke

This movie is a big joke. Meant to be a “horror action movie”. I laughed harder at this movie than I did for Jeff Dunham. The Female Lead is a joke.. cant even get into her roll. Barely any emotion. Looked like they had a big budget to spend on making this movie.. but only spent 15 dollars on it. Roseanne Liang Wants to be a big time movie director.. but took it WAY TO FEMINISTIC. I do not recommend this movie. I could not get into it

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