In The Shadow Of The Moon [2019] ★★

In the era of Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve, a science-fiction thriller like Netflix’s “In The Shadow Of The Moon” may seem underwhelming, and understandably so. We’ve been spoiled over and over again with mind-bending movies that kept us talking for weeks (think “Inception”, “Interstellar” and “Arrival”, to name a few). On the other hand, “In the shadow of the Moon” has some good ideas here and there, but they never gel together to deliver a satisfying experience. But it starts off well-enough: the year is 1988 and Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) begins tracking a mysterious serial killer who resurfaces exactly every nine years. Why? How? That’s for you to discover. But I will say that despite an intriguing premise, the movie never rises above the routine. And when it tries to tie-up loose ends, it ends up becoming even more confusing and downright ridiculous. Damn shame, because up until the halfway mark, the movie had me going there for a while, effectively killing time until it killed my patience.

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