A package brings about an unexpected battle in Shadow in the Cloud, the latest from co-writer and director Roseanne Liang.
Maude never got the big assignments. As a mechanic and pilot in WWII, her gender precluded her from a lot, so she was often stuck with unglamorous missions like guarding a package. When she boarded a B-17 Flying Fortress on just such an assignment, the rest of the crew immediately wrote her off, but that was before all hell broke loose. As enemies both usual and unusual attack, Maude proves that she just might be the only one capable of delivering the mysterious package as ordered.
For all its feminist trappings, this looks like a big, silly action movie at heart, complete with over the top battles and physics-defying stunts. That’s probably all new to Liang, who’s been primarily working in television and shorts with only the romance feature My Wedding and Other Secrets under her belt. It’ll be interesting to see how she handles the potential zaniness of the premise, but hopefully, she can hold this whole thing together.
She’s got a solid lead in Chloë Grace Moretz, who at this point in her career has done pretty much everything. The only other cast member of note here is Nick Robinson, but something tells me that’s because characters will go down pretty fast once all hell breaks loose. This is presenting itself as a feminist action film, after all, so it’s only right the film hinges on the work of Moretz and Liang.
Shadow in the Cloud is directed by Roseanne Liang and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, and Beulah Koale. It is currently scheduled to be released in the US in theaters and on VOD January 1st, 2021. For international release dates, click here.
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