Out of Shadows is a film that attempts to lift the mask on how the mainstream media and Hollywood try to manipulate and control the masses by spreading propaganda via their platform. Released on YouTube in early April 2020, this film gained over a million views within its first 24 hours after being released, it is currently clocking in at just over thirteen million views which means people are certainly taking notice.

Right from the get-go we hear from Hollywood stunt actor Mike Smith, as he speaks on his experience working on the inside. The message is clear and the film literally aims to “wake up the general public by shedding light on how we all have been lied to and brainwashed by a hidden enemy with a sinister agenda”. Some of the ideas and theories touched on throughout the film are at times hard to hear. They reference cannibalism-themed Hollywood dinners, trafficking of children in Hollywood, and child abuse as entertainment during Hollywood events.

You might at first be quick to brush some of these claims off but a lot of the points raised in the film do indeed hold weight. Recently we have seen that there’s a lot of politics involved in Hollywood today, from leaked emails between Sony Pictures’ executives and government officials to Harvey Weinstein, who was a large contributor to Hilary Clinton’s Presidential campaign and just take one look at the villains in their movies, they are nearly always portrayed to be Russians, Germans, etc. America will never be presented as the villain.

That being said however, the film very much has a go and do the research for yourself attitude which is disappointing because it takes from the valid arguments made. We the viewers are not investigative journalists and do not possess the financial or legal backing required to carry out such research. But the idea that everything is not as it seems is an idea that should be acknowledged and with over thirteen million views the film has yet to be officially “trending” on YouTube which begs the question, are they deliberately attempting to hide it?

Directed by: Mike Smith