Void is about a police officer who shortly after delivering a patient
to an understaffed hospital, experiences strange and violent
occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures
who surround the outside of the building.
say strange and violent occurrences is an understatement as The Void
sets up scenarios that are nothing short of horrific nightmares. The
set up feels like Assault on Precinct 13 and then shifts gears into
The Thing crossed with 2015's Baskin and the film plays out
beautifully. One of the things I loved about it was I never was quite
sure where the story was headed or where it would end up. And the
ride from beginning to end had me smiling from ear to ear.
outside scenes in the movie are very dark and very quiet. I could
barely make out what was going on save for the very small amount of
light that shined on whatever needed to be seen to understand. This
barely there lighting let's the viewer know that this story is a dark
one and like there is little light, there is also little hope. It's
also a wonderful play on the title as the quiet darkness creates the
sense of a void, like something is missing. And that's pretty much
how the movie works: it gives you just enough to comprehend but never
over plays it's hand.
inside the hospital the film takes on a yellowed and timeless look,
as if the story could be happening now or 25 years ago. Once our
group realizes they are surrounded and trapped in the hospital by a
large group of white robed and masked strangers, the fun begins as
they realize the true evil is waiting for them in the bowels of the
building. What follows is an all out creature feature gore fest, a
scary and unflinching hell on Earth. The acting is strong all around,
especially Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Powell who delivers his lines in a
measured and steadfast speech that indicates a man who possesses a
great and dark knowledge. It's a truly scary portrayal through use of
effects and creature design were some of the best I've seen recently
and the vision demonstrated by writers and directors Jeremy Gillespie
and Steven Kostanski is truly impressive.
say too much of the evil inside the hospital would be a disservice to
potential viewers so I've remained as vague as possible about the
details of the plot. The Void is not an easy film. It doesn't spoon
feed you the answers you may want and instead leaves you thinking and
contemplating what happened. Most importantly it leaves you wanting
to watch it again. The Void looks beautiful, is truly scary, has
awesome creature designs and I whole heartedly recommend it.