In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

Jim Mickle directs Boyd Holbrook, Michael C Hall and Cleopatra Coleman in this time twisting serial killer thriller where a Chicago beat cop becomes obsessed with a cold case that keeps reopening every nine years.

The Terminator meets Zodiac. Doesn’t really deliver on that potential but is a neat enough one-watcher. Mickle feels most at home in the chase orientated Reagan-era first chapter – that half hour looks just as good and as just as chilly as Cold In July or We Are What We Are. The story loses its way, overreaching for an emotional resolution rather than an action one. I’m not saying such an approach shouldn’t be appreciated but I’m not sure it is what we bought a ticket for or what the pulpy, familiar storytelling tees you up to enjoy.


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