In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) - Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Jim Mickle
Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman
Length: 115 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 75 out of 309 found boring (24.27%)

One-line Reviews (204)

Its intriguing and the acting is really good.

How much boring?

I am very pleasantly surprised by this movie, I really enjoyed it.

The slow pace is a problem and if the viewer loses a part of the film, he or she may not understand the plot.

The motivations of the antagonist are very bland.

The premise is interesting enough to keep you watching for it's almost 2hr runtime, but what starts out with promise eventually becomes rather bland and unfulfilling by the end.


The movie starts off with an interesting, dark atmosphere and engrossing characters.

Powerfully Entertaining .

Slow reactions between science fiction scenes where you can see the editing in the scenes.

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.

"In the Shadow of the Moon" is an intriguing and original sci-fi with a good story.

So the plot is basic, predictable but entertaining.

But it surely was entertaining enough.

Unexpected hit.

The first segment in the '80s was the most exciting and interesting.

Netflix needs a propaganda category so they can honestly rate these and move them out of the entertainment genre.

Enjoyable, The pig car roll was a highlight.

It started out somewhat interesting but quickly became predictable.

I concentrated through the exciting chase scenes and then the lulls.

Ran across this on Netflix and gave it a try, I really enjoyed it.

"In the Shadow of the Moon" begins as an intriguing mystery, full of action and promising the sci-fi thrills of time travel, but the more it unfolds, as everything is painfully and simplistically spelled out for the spectator, it becomes clear that the central conceit of the picture is utterly trite.

It offers up an intriguing story about time as a circular as opposed to linear proposition.

The film does have some entertaining thrilling action.

The premise though very loosely outlined implies through imagery evocative of 9/11 that some kind of "Right Wing" Patriot/Militia organization carries out a Terrorist attack in the future and because of this another organization in the future develops time travel so they can send a Terminator type figure back in time to whack people in an extremely violent and sadistic way.

Very on edge suspense up until the 2006 timeline, then it got boring, then sick.

If you like watching propaganda watch election campaign ads on a TV.

Is a very entertaining movie, relax and chill.

That being said, the film is somehow boring.

There were a million ways this movie could have developed, but the least plausible and most predictable was chosen.

That unexpected twist is somehow a good way to end the movie.

I found this movie truly engaging.

Unfortunately, there are a few flaws which make this movie hard to really like: the unnecessary injection of plodding action sequences, the rather predictable and overly neat ending, the CGI eyesores, and Bookem Woodbine's terrible supporting turn.

Who would've said it's political propaganda then?

Where it falls down somewhat is in some of the more predictable aspects of the story.

Predictable Netflix movie.

Great acting, fantastic cinematic chops, initially compelling storyline.

The screen play, and the way the plot was designed, as well as the combo of Sci-Fi and Mystery was mind blowing and anew.

Waste of a time .

Bored to freaking death!

Even though certain elements of this film were quite predictable, I felt it was executed in a clever enough fashion to keep it entertaining and exciting.

Just exactly what this device is and where it comes from is a compelling mystery the cop needs to solve, along with how the killer chooses his victims.

The cries of "Left Wing Propaganda" are comical.

I guess I really shouldn't expect anything decent, true, or remotely entertaining from the industry anymore.

A little slow for my taste.

Entertaining .

The movie has an intricate thread woven throughout, providing an intriguing denouement.

The main negatives I have are to do with the pacing of the film and a bit of a lull in the middle of the film.

Worst movie ive seen in a while .

Too graphic for my taste but the movie was intriguing enough that I continued watching it.

Otherwise it's a good film, an intriguing story with some good ideas and good supporting acting.

It was confusing at the end of the '80s segment where he pocketed the strange weapon, said he didn't do anything to her---then suddenly was in the evidence bag in the '90s segment.

Having said that, it is kinda entertaining....

So, yeah, it's a bit boring.

Propaganda at its finest,sure just kill your political opponents exactly like Stalin,Mao and Hitler be the person you despise,the hypocrisy this days its too much.

The story gets a bit silly towards the end due to the rush to fit it into 1hr 55m, Michael C Hall's part was oddly bland and outside the main story, also the ageing process was not clear or obvious again reflecting the squeeze on time and resources in production.

But it gradually got more annoying and tedious.

Unlikable characters (all of them), silly plot, weird pointless scenes(factory car chase).

Entertaining and not a typical predictable Hollywood flick .

So, it becomes a little bit boring.

7/10 from me for this enjoyable action/sci fi drama.

But as I said this is a movie and it's well done and entertaining.

More political propaganda .

it felt very bland as a result.

It made the movie feel predictable, from the moment I saw the serial killer was a black woman, I knew she wasn't the "bad guy", I knew all her crimes were going to be "justified".

Tad confusing.

Enjoyable ride; weird reviews .

Waste of Time .

With this half baked ending it all felt like a waste of time.

Man it couldve been good but they took it in typically predictable netflix dumb directions.. so it turns out average at best.. which for 2019 means, basically, it sucked.

This film is an extreme left wing propaganda film.

The premise is interesting and the first half of the film is thrilling, before the political objectives of the antagonists are revealed.

And this is the next level propaganda.

Too many overuse and confusing scene!

One word- BORING .

This starts interestingly enough as a exciting thriller with maybe Sci Fi aspirations and no little degree of mystery.

Predictable to a point.

apparently , according to some outraged reviewers, its immoral to wipe out the few for the greater good, well that's a good moral discussion to have in the public arena but its not the purpose of this or hardly any other film, so I guess the moral high horse is pointless in a fictional story, though I suppose these films serve a good purpose in opening up the debate so I'll give it a 7 .

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.

Well worth the watch.

Entire film full of boring conversation and overuse hemorrhage scene!

Maybe someone can enlighten me.....?The cinematography is superb, sometimes stunning, and it plays a major part in keeping us interested.

Left-wing propaganda with a little bit of scifi .

I enjoyed it a lot.

Engaging & Imaginative Police Thriller with a Twist too Slow & too Expected .

It is an artistic expression made into a highly enjoyable sci fi thriller.

This scene quite slow and not intense!

Entertaining thriller and fresh take on time travel .

The story is lame and predictable.

Overall it is an entertaining film and well worth a watch.

It gives such a bad answer to one of lives great questions, it'll leave you empty.

For the first 45 minutes to an hour I was absolutely hooked and on the edge of my seat.

Interesting concept, predictable denouement.

It was an entertaining movie, with an obvious(even cringy) political message, no wonder it's being praised by so many websites...

Waste of time.

It becomes quite dull and derivative.

Had me on the edge of my seat.

time travelling scfi thats a bit dull .

I enjoyed it.

As a movie, even a lot of the more mundane situations are far-fetched, never mind the sci-fi ones, and the story, with its two-dimensional, stock characters, gradually peters out.

The last few minutes though ruins the experience (or helps it if you're a fringe leftist who sees nazis on every corner) with its unabashed propaganda.

Even though the plot was pretty much clear from the start, the first part of the movie was enjoyable.

Entertaining .

Coupled with uninspiring visuals and a lack of true empathy-building in the script with the characters, it doesn't pass the six star mark for me.

The movie is a completly waste of time.

Yet despite the problems, it was still enjoyable and I would recommend giving it a chance.

There were other things, of course, but ultimately these predictable elements were still up in the air enough that the good writing kept the whole thing interesting regardless.

but i cant make it past 10 minutes this movie just unwatchable even after 2 bottles of wine I'm not this stupid sorry.

Really enjoyed it .

*slow clap* There are no good guys or bad guys here.

Terrible AND boring (slowwww) .

combo of Sci-Fi and Mystery was mind blowing and anew .

Slow burner, but definately worth the watch!

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".

But as you continue to watch the social message it's trying to espouse becomes more and more unbearable.

It starts to become standard, familiar and a tad cliche with tropes you have seen plenty of times before.

Some have problems with this picture due to the 'leftie propaganda' and I do myself have issues swallowing that bs about travelling in time to eradicate the 'wrong' ideas.

A meal of empty calories.

Gripping .


They made it too confusing in my opinion and the plot come the end felt loose.

Definitely enjoyable .

Actually, this time-travel movie is so confused and confusing, anyway, it's hard to know what the film-makers' true intentions were.

Expect more left propaganda in the future I'm sure.

Different concept, great twist, well worth the watch!

Pay Attention and You Will See an Intriguing Sci-Fi .

But despite our hero's ratty appearance, he had some pretty compelling evidence that even the biggest skeptic would examine.

Anyway, it has a decent cast and a nice all-round production and it makes for a very entertaining watch.

Definitely worth the watch.

Unprofessional production = waste of time .

for a moment thought this was gonna be an exciting sci-fi with layers of depth.

What initially starts off as a somewhat entertaining Sc-Fi yarn quickly reveals itself to be something really quite sinister.

The vague ethical elements never rise above kindergarten level, the science is preposterous and the "USA is the world" assumption is tedious.

Its pretty difficult to refute the claim that so many have made that this movie is a rather shamelessly Left Wing partisan propaganda piece.

red flag - PROPAGANDA alert .

Waste of time .

This scene make audience fall asleep!

predictable story (reminds me DARK german series) .

Does time travel create a predictable story.

Nice thriller, supported by good start cast (Boyd Holbrook n Michael Hall) n engaging storyline.

Good movie worth watching .

The movie apart from it's ideas was very boring.

Thought it was going to be a fun, somewhat predictable syfy type movie.

The movie starts interesting - but then turns into another Hollywood B/S propaganda.

Boring .

Cleopatra Colemen sold her well and the fights were exciting.

Unfortunately it goes downhill from there until the story is eventually rounded off with a predictable resolution which makes nothing of the wonderful set up.

In the Shadow of the Moon manages to be original, engaging and its well acted to boot.

I really enjoyed this movie from the POV of a scifi flick as i enjoyed Terminator when it came out- innovative as in Butterfly Effect- but with the added "serial killer" carrot- the are some obvious "big leap" requirements for the story to make sense - but as a freebie stream from Netflix- the craftsmanship of the product is worth the watch.

And that results in enjoyable films such as "About Time", "I'll follow you down" or "Predestination".

Very enjoyable sci fi thriller .

you know what, it was not half bad although it does have its problems, it was an entertaining watch.

This was a really interesting and riveting movie.

Worth the watch .

Waste of time, find something else to watch .

The mystery of the murders happening every 9 years was fascinating to see it unfold.....

I love crime dramas but this one was a bit dragging and boring to me, that doesnt mean it is bad, the concept is great, the story even and the acting is just okay.

Those criticizing the movie as propaganda and accusing it of encouraging violence completely missed the point.

At first, I thought t it was going to be a normal, Netflix cliché waste of time.

I enjoyed the first half of the movie, then it got kind of tedious.

It felt like a pointless film with no real in depth story.

Well I really liked the beginning (mysterious mood, great action, nice crime & a tiny bit of horror) BUT after a while it got boring and uninspired.

Now granted time travel movies are always a little hard to wrap your head around, but this one was decently entertaining and fun to watch.

This is a really intriguing concept for a movie.

Overall, quite enjoyable for Netflix.

Had potential, but ultimately empty .

Initial intrigue quickly turns to dull derivativeness .

predictable if anything.

It's NOT a movie, merely propaganda .

Decent start, went nowhere, turned into more anti-right garbage.

Overall I found it a highly entertaining and suspenseful murder mystery cop film with a tinge of Sci Fi that provided me with a moral question upon the films end.

Don't waste your time with this.

A Bit Boring .

Hollywood, along with the internet has turned into a massive brain washing propaganda machine.

If its antifa propaganda i barely noticed it .

This is a solid, entertaining yarn!

Dreadfully uninteresting and unoriginal .

The jumps from eras are rather boring and they never really convinces you.

How unAmerican and no, the brainwashing propaganda didn't work.

Bore Parade...

otherwise you may get bored in the midway of the movie....

And then gets boring .

The storytelling is vacuous and dull.

This is a waste of time.

Brave yet empty .

Globalist Propaganda .

It is clearly predictable why Rhya had came back and why she did that.

Quite entertaining and interesting premise, though loses some steam at the end.

Boring nonsense please don't waste your time on this.

Quite boring and disapointing and nothing makes sense for so far, so it must have an amazing ending where everything is unraveled ...

Worst movie I've ever seen.

And became so predictable and obvious right at the train station scene.

Worst movie ever.


Even the word "propaganda" is used all too often.

Poorly acted, unemotionally edited, uninspiring on all fronts.

Virtue signaling leftist propaganda ruins a decent sci-fi flick .

It's an enjoyable ride for fans of the genre, not too much brain activity required.

Nevertheless, the first half of the flick contained some nice set-pieces and intriguing ideas and got me hooked.

Too predictable.

It's a cool mix of crime and sci-fi with some plot twists and some plot holes, but overall it's an entertaining movie which will probably be underrated because it's a Netflix original.

The acting was acceptable, but man that story was bland and forgettable.

A passable if somewhat predictable time travel tale that doesn't quite get the mechanics (if you can even call it that) of time travel 'right'.

I didn't see a "based on Kindred by Octavia Butler" anywhere in the credits, so while the movie was semi-entertaining for a bit, it's disappointing that no credit was given to the original writer.