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During World War II, pilots of the Allies’ various air force women’s auxiliaries were called upon to ferry planes from factories to airfields — sometimes through enemy territory, often without proper navigational tools or ammunition. Writer-director Roseanne Liang pays tribute to these veterans with SHADOW IN THE CLOUD, a rip-roaring action/horror hybrid that finds WAAF officer Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) — a Greatest Generation Ellen Ripley — assigned under mysterious circumstances to a rickety B-17 Flying Fortress as custodian of a strictly classified piece of cargo. Forcibly sequestered by the all-male crew to a ball turret hanging from the belly of the bomber, Garrett’s dizzying new-found perspective brings to light yet another unexpected passenger — one whose sinister presence may jeopardize the lives of all aboard.
With resolute verve similar to that of SHADOW IN THE CLOUD’s protagonist, Liang has radically remixed wartime superstitions and a beloved pulp-fiction premise into an exhilarating vehicle of personal empowerment — one not to be marred by any surplus of unchecked and toxic testosterone. (Synopsis excerpted from the Toronto International Film Festival)
“Part creature feature, part war-is-hell nightmare, and entirely dedicated to cutting down the misogynist jerks who populate it, there’s enough giddy fun to power SHADOW IN THE CLOUD through just about anything.” —Kate Erbland, IndieWire “Hardly a minute of the movie registers as “realistic,” but that hardly matters, since Liang so fully commits to its over-the-top sensibility that you’ll be clutching the armrest and grinning with glee for most of the ride.” —Peter Debruge, Variety