The Void

2016

Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi

47
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 19002

Synopsis


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Cast

Ellen Wong as Kim
Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Richard Powell
Stephanie Belding as Beverly
Aaron Poole as Daniel Carter
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1hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by samhigdon-81818 8 / 10

A breath of fresh air in the "Body Horror" genre

If you're reading this and haven't seen this movie yet, stop reading now and watch it before you go any further.

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The movie starts off with a very effective cold opening that immediately hooks you and makes you want to learn just what the hell is going on. Then, for the next 20 minutes or so, it feels like it's going to be a generic thriller/slasher of some sort, but nothing could be further from the truth and at about the 25 minute mark all hell breaks lose. Right as it looks like the cult leader is going to dispatch the protagonist, they are both catapulted into the realm of "the void" in which we see the cop and his ex-wife come face-to-face with the massive pyramid from the visions that have been alluded to in earlier visions/premonitions while the doctor seemingly vanishes and we are left to ponder his fate and the fates of the lead characters; what happens next is left up to our own imaginations.

This movie is a fantastic love letter to the practical effect stylings of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and Clive Barker mixed with H.P. Lovecraft folklore. While the movie is riveting all the way through, as the credits roll, you come to the realization that multiple viewings are going to be mandatory. It's just not possible to comprehend everything that you see after your first watch (hence the Lovecraftian aspect).

While this is not a cinematic masterpiece, it is extremely effective by being purposely ambiguous (especially the ending). The viewer is treated as one of the inhabitants of the world that is being portrayed on screen which serves as an impetus to help make a connection with the movie's characters. Upon watching/reading reviews for this movie it's surprising how many people complain about this. It's saddening that the majority of audiences and critics have been conditioned to need to be spoon fed the backstories of every character and need absolute resolution at the end of every movie so everything gets tied up in a nice, neat bow. Ambiguity isn't a bad thing, quite the opposite! I believe the filmmakers were purposely ambiguous and understand that everyone fears, if you realize it or not, the "unknown" which is the one characteristic that is innate to humans and distinguishes us from every other animal on the planet. Our brains are hardwired to recognize patterns in order for us to be able to make sense of the world around us. When that mechanic is subverted we naturally get uncomfortable and uneasy because we can't make sense of what is happening.

Another gripe that people are raising is that the whole movie is a series of highly unlikely coincidences that need to be played out exactly how they are in order for the movie to work i.e. the cop having to go to the one hospital where his ex works which is the same place where the doctor/cult leader conducts his ritualistic machinations.

At the end of the day, all movies are naturally divisive in nature no matter what the genre. The best ones are thought provoking and stimulate debates/conversations well after they have been seen and this is one of the best examples of that. Everyone is going to have their own interpretations and thoughts about what the movie was actually about and that's ok; that's what great entertainment should do.

Reviewed by Brandon Veracka 7 / 10

Solid

The first time I watched the void I walked away from it disappointed and I honestly didn't like it at all. Then I gave it a second chance. During and after that second viewing, I realized that when I first saw it I probably wasn't in the mood for gore, and that it's actually a darn good movie. It's not a masterpiece, but it's definitely cool, and it'll please most horror fans.

Especially after seeing it a second time, I couldn't help but notice the Lovecraftian aspects of "The Void". The entire concept of a sane man in an insane world is spot-on with the Lovecraft style, and it's a theme I love. There's a great cast of characters here that'd also be at home in a Lovecraft novel; the star protagonist who feels he's in a dream, and a mix of others who're as lost as he is, and those who know more about the situation but aren't telling, simply because they're too frightened.

However, it's within this concept that I feel "The Void" didn't quite achieve true greatness. The focus of the story shifts around so much that it's hard to stay frightened. Instead of feeling fear from one perspective (the main character), you're hit with moments of fright here and there, and that's where it falls short. Had the story focused solely on what Officer Carter (Aaron Poole) experiences from start to finish-without taking you out of his emotional perspective-then that Lovecraftian theme of "sane man dropped into an insane world" would've been even more frightening. Additionally, if Dr. Powell was properly introduced to us more deliberately, his role later in the film possibly would've been filled with more fright on top of the gore. There were just a few times when I felt like I was watching a Resident Evil film-if only for a moment or two. Those moments during the scary parts of a movie are so precious, and I felt it losing me at some of those points. Still, with all of that said, I feel I'm reflecting on what I saw here more than reviewing.

To get back to the point; "The Void" is a very solid horror movie that will strike a pleasantly dark and gory chord with most horror fans. There's a great cast of mostly unknown actors and actresses who all do a very good job in their respective roles. Story, acting, setting, cinematography and camerawork-all are executed with a very confident and strong style. "The Void" plays-out a lot like a Stephen King movie. If any of this sounds like your bag, then give a chance.

Reviewed by filmbufferx 3 / 10

Some nice practical effects but little else ...

THE VOID is heavy on practical special effects but lacks a strong core with which to build its story around. There is so much going on in the film, and yet it simultaneously feels empty. It plays like a random set of events without a logical centre to hold it all together. Even cerebral horror (which this isn't) needs a clear and cohesive core from which to operate.

The big problem is that the film is so derivative. I notice a lot of reviewers mentioning John Carpenter's THE THING, which is rather insulting to John Carpenter. Perhaps this says more about reviewers who have seen anywhere near enough films to be able to write a meaningful review, or who spend too much time watching just one type of film to really get a good grasp of what cinema can do. If anything, THE VOID is much more closely related to something like SPOOKIES (1986) or, JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER (2007), the "Pro-Life" episode of MASTERS OF HORROR than anything Carpenterian. Yes, there's a lot of Clive Barker going on and overdoses of Lovecraftian imagery, which Carpenter likewise employs both in THE THING, PRINCE OF DARKNESS and IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, but THE VOID has more in common with Stewart Gordon and Brian Yuzna's versions of Lovecraft.

As well as the aforementioned films, there are clearly nods to HELLRAISER, REANIMATOR, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and PHANTASM. THERE'S EVEN SOME CYBER PUNK THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE. It's just a shame all this doesn't add up to a satisfying movie experience.

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