Review: Chilling 'Arctic Void' Keeps You Guessing

by Kevin Taft

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday January 14, 2022

'Arctic Void'
'Arctic Void'  

While not wholly successful, the new thriller "Arctic Void" does keep its audience guessing at all the weirdness it keeps throwing at them.

On their way to do a TV documentary series in the Arctic, three filmmakers stumble upon something they never could have imagined — and wish they hadn't. Host and director Ray (Michael Weaver) is gung-ho for the latest project in his career, which is clearly the only thing he has in life. His director Alan (Time Griffin) is in it for one last hurrah, but leaving his family has gotten too hard and he's rethinking his career choices. And then there's new camera and sound guy Sean (Justin Huen), who remains even-keeled about everything until shit starts to get real.

Strange things occur on this desolate boat ride through the Arctic, and when the passengers witness violent behavior from some sea life, the power goes out, and a bizarre event takes place, our trio of filmmakers know bad things are coming.

Once they hit land, it all gets worse, and they realize that they are dealing with either something supernatural or nefarious. Or both.

The plot of "Arctic Void" is simple, and it does feel like director Darren Mann pads the film for time, but you are still left intrigued by what our main three are experiencing. This isn't an easy film to figure out, so you go along for the ride hoping that Act III will deliver. It does, and it doesn't. While you get answers in the end, the mystery ends up being more intriguing that the reveal.

That said, Mann's sparse direction and curious script (written along with star Michael Weaver, and with a story credit to William Paul Jones) is effective and coldly creepy.

This is one Arctic chill that will hit fans of ecological horror just right.

"Arctic Void" hits theaters and VOD January 14th.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.