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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.

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Jim Mickle
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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 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
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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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Locke's wife wears a "Pottstown" shirt in the opening scenes. Director Jim Mickle was born in Pottstown, PA See more »

Goofs

At 54'30, a note is passed between two people with "Scratch" misspelled as "Scatch" See more »

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Locke: You know, when I kill you, you'll never be able to kill anybody. One version of me won't have to chase you.
Rya: If you kill me now, the world as you know it will end in a very short time. And you have no idea what's coming.
Locke: You're not the only one trying to change the past. I'll be a regular guy.
[checks his gun]
Locke: With a regular family.
Rya: No. You don't kill me. I know you. I've known you my entire life. You were the one who told me to take this job. You taught me how to ride a bicycle. You made me my first...
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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Engaging & Imaginative Police Thriller with a Twist too Slow & too Expected
27 September 2019 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

The talanted horror/thriller director Jim Mickle (Cold in July; Stake Land) teams up with the rising star Boyd Holbrook & brings to Netflix his newest piece - the exciting and entertaining mystery detective/killer flick "In the Shadow of the Moon".

"In the Shadow of the Moon" starts like any other police thriller, introducing us to a duo of likeable cops, a damp city full of crime & a mystery in the making. Through equal amounts of engaging drama, energetic action and time skipping we steadily move forward to the solution of the mystery, accompanied by the obsessive detective Lockhart who's got some heavy burdens on his shoulders. Boyd Holbrook, whom I first saw on "Narcos" (as I'm sure many people did as well) gives a great lead performance as detective Lockhart & the supporting cast helps him out well, especially Bokeem Woodbine & Cleopatra Coleman. The revelation of the sci-fi twist & the point of the mystery comes a tad bit too slowly & doesn't quite have the impact one would wish for, but, nevertheless, while "In the Shadow of the Moon" left me wanting more, at the same time the ending felt right. The themes of horrors and wonders of humanity & family values are served well. We cannot forget that the movie also looks gorgeous, has a decent original score, well made action sequences & even features a few bloody scenes for the horror fans. In summary, "In the Shadow of the Moon" kinda looks like, feels like and plays out like a big-screen movie.

I think this movie could've been a little less convoluted, with a different, less straight forward mystery building structure, but the result is still engaging, handsome and thoughtful thriller piece. My rating: 7/10.


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