Cloak & Dagger is an action adventure movie tailor made for the kids of the 80s. In other words, its the kind of movie where all the adults are completely useless: Parents that don’t listen to their kids and baddies that fall again and again to a ten year old ’s Home Alone tactics.
Watching the movie now, more than 30 years after it was first released I was struck by its gruesome nature: There’s lots of visible gore, deceased parents, people getting executed with bullets shot through their face, menacing bad guys talking about shooting the protagonist’s brains out and imaginary friend giving the protagonist one bad idea after another (like: just run to the traffic, the cars will surely stop). A stuff like this wouldn’t cut it in the cushioned world of today – which sort of makes the 80s even more amazing.
The movie is also notable for having tons of videogame references; sponsored by the then-giant game company Atari the movie is totally in-your-face in the product placement department.
Cloak & Dagger is kind of an odd bird movie that I missed seeing as a kid – but I’m positive the then 12-old me would’ve loved it to bits.