Is ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ worth watching?

In the Shadow of the Moon is worth watching if:

  • The sci-fi / crime investigation combo speaks to you. (think Minority Report)
  • You like plots that aren’t afraid to be complex.
  • You love crime thrillers. (bonus if you loved Boyd Holbrook in Narcos)

In the Shadow of the Moon is not worth watching if:

  • You expect the sci-fi stuff to be minor.
  • You don’t want to see a bad performance by Michael C. Hall. (aka Dexter)
  • Everything has to make perfect sense.


  • Does a good job at ‘thrilling’ and keeping you engaged.
  • Boyd Holbrook keeps things believable and interesting.
  • It’s a fun plot.


  • Lacks attention to detail, things can be easily nitpicked.
  • Boyd Holbrook provides the only character and performance of interest.
  • Could have been great.

score: 70% CHILLIN 
One sentence story summary: A Philadelphia detective slowly unravels as he nurses a lifelong obsession with an enigmatic female serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.

In the Shadow of the Moon is a cool, fun movie. It makes for an interesting blend of a thriller, a crime/investigative drama, and a sci-fi movie all in one. (Although not always all at once) It takes a while for the sci-fi elements to pop-up, but eventually they become quite central to what’s going on. Some people will love this, and some people will wish the film had stayed in the 1980s. (The movie occasionally jumps ahead several years in time) With that being said, serious sci-fi fans, along with casual viewers, might both find themselves yelling at the TV things like “that wouldn’t happen like that” on a handful of occasions over the course of In the Shadow of the Moon. Since it seems like the kind of movie where the less you know going into it the better, we won’t go deep into detail.

If you are a fan of the genres that make up In the Shadow of the Moon and want something that borders on dumb fun, this is a great choice.

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