Shadow in the Cloud lives in a category all its own

Chloë Grace Moretz in Shadow in the Cloud

Shadow in the Cloud is the most ridiculous, unbelievable, crazy movie ever made. It’s like a parody of a bad joke. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen and I loved it. It’s so bad, it’s good. You can rent it on Prime Video or get from VOD.

Directed by Roseanne Liang, Shadow in the Cloud is part war story, part fantasy, and part action thriller. It uses every trope you can imagine carried to cornball extremes and somehow ends up being a tribute to the brave women of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).

Chloë Grace Moretz in Shadow in the Cloud

Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Maude Garrett. She gets on a B-17 Flying Fortress with a mysterious package. They are headed for Guam. The airmen on the plane don’t welcome her. They make crass, sexist remarks that would get them sued years after 1942. They put her under the belly of the plane in a machine gun turret. She spends the majority of the film in that tiny space, communicating with the men via radio – it’s almost like watching a radio play starring only Chloë Grace Moretz.

Her package is put in the care of gunner Walter Quaid (Taylor John Smith). The remainder of the small cast is played by Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Byron Coll, and Joe Witkowski.

The plane suffers with gremlins. Not the glitch in the machine type gremlin, but big physical dudes with sharp claws and wings.

Chloë Grace Moretz in Shadow in the Cloud

Maude – being the bravest, smartest, and best fighter – has to save everyone by dispatching the gremlins herself. But not before there are dog fights with Japanese fighters planes, many holes knocked in the plane, engines lost, and -well, too many disasters to mention. Maude saves the day no matter what the problem. Plus, of course, she’s all woman.

Poster for Shadow in the Cloud

I know the trailer looks nuts, but the movie is even wilder.

What do you think? Are you a fan of movies that are so deliberately bad you love them for it?

Author: Virginia DeBolt

After many years as an educator and writer, Virginia retired from working life. She's always loved a good movie or TV show and wants to use her free time to talk about them with you now. She's Old Ain't Dead!

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