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In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

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A Philadelphia police officer struggles with a lifelong obsession to track down a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.


Jim Mickle
494 ( 78)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boyd Holbrook ... Locke
Cleopatra Coleman ... Rya
Bokeem Woodbine ... Maddox
Michael C. Hall ... Holt
Rudi Dharmalingam ... Naveen Rao
Al Maini ... Old Naveen
Quincy Kirkwood ... Amy (9)
Sarah Dugdale ... Amy (18 / 27)
Rachel Keller ... Jean
Ryan Allen ... Palmer
Tony Nappo ... Clark
Philippa Domville ... Arleen
Tony Craig ... Sergeant Williams (1988)
Gabrielle Graham ... Tabitha
Julia Knope ... Candace


In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who mysteriously resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer's crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Locke's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity. Written by Netflix

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Some Crimes Defy Time


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Did You Know?


Rachel Keller (Jean) and Bokeem Woodbine (Maddox) both starred in Season 2 of Fargo (2014). See more »


In 1997, present-day vehicles are visible outside the floor shop with Lockhart and her daughter. The same thing happens at the cemetery. See more »


[last lines]
Rya: You will love, and you will heal. You will teach me how to live, and you will make me who I am - a fighter, just like you. Because right now, both of our lives are about to begin.
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »


Written by Al Jourgensen and Kill The Noise
Performed by Al Jourgensen and Kill The Noise
Courtesy of Negative Media
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An almost interesting fairy tale.
9 October 2019 | by dracironSee all my reviews

The good. Original plot twists, a couple which may have never been done in a major movie before. Though the theme and core idea borrows heavily from 12 Monkeys.

The movie does build suspense and a dark brooding atmosphere like 12 monkeys did in the first hour, then unravels as the plot is thrust unwillingly into an otherwise good story. You can almost think of it as 2 movies in 1. The first movie is well acted, directed, with excellent sound and decent action scenes. A little over the top but mild compared to the drivel Hollywood is producing today.

The bad. This film could have seriously benefited from a science adviser. This is what initially kills suspension of belief as the, I cannot call it even pseudo science, it's not even good magic, begins to degrade the story and tug the viewer away. This destroys the suspense and the big reveal is not even a weak anti-climax.

Huge plot holes develop as the writers lose track of what wrote previously. This throws you out, and before you can get lured back into the fantasy they commit another egregious error. The specifics would give away the entire movie, so are omitted, but clearly no one with even a high school physics course, the most rudimentary understandings of sociology, psychology or really any branch of physics, especially biology, all are not even given cartoon like salutes. The story just steamrolls through blunder after blunder.

Now for the really ugly. The political bias just leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. It's scary that even a child could buy into a plot idea so naive, much less destroy what otherwise could have been an excellent film. I strongly suspect the first half of this movie was stolen from another story. It starts too well, flows too well to be hacked by such oafish hands in the last half of the movie. There were a million ways this movie could have developed, but the least plausible and most predictable was chosen.

By yanking the viewer out so violently the one really inspired plot twist is aborted and thrown to the floor to thrash in artistic agony.

In the end it becomes a really pale imitation of 13 monkeys without the hard hitting story. that made 13 monkeys such an incredible movie. My advice, watch the first hour then turn the movie off. Be left with the magic they were able to conjure without the corpse they eventually produce.

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Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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2.39 : 1
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