In the Shadow of the Moon: as derivative as they come, Jim Mickle’s sci-fi mystery borrows from many sources, adds nothing, and doesn’t manage to tell the story or create characters in any way interesting or memorable. The nature of the storytelling device would make the main character transformations jarring, but it’s all so shallow it doesn’t really matter all that much when all is said and done. Acting is generally uninteresting, almost dull; Boyd Holbrook, as the increasingly unmoored protagonist, isn’t particularly bad, but the arch is so forced he is hardly to blame. The film looks reasonably polished, but doesn’t really stand out in any way. The musical score is also very generic-sounding.