Using a fantastic high resolution camera and some eerie music to engage the audience straight away, Neary’s Void does enough to captivate and send a few chills down the spine. Most of this happened when nothing was being said.
An ATV rider is riding through the desert. Ignoring a No Trespassing sign, he starts to relieve himself. Suddenly, something is not right. A car is gently bumping across the desert terrain. When it halts a fearsome looking man gets out. We don’t know who he is or what he does. But somehow the word trouble just associates itself with him. Cut to night. A futile plea from some fellow at his computer is ignored as the suspicious character zaps him and leaves the building with his body slung over his shoulder.
On a different tangent Neary’s Void could have been an outstanding five star silent film. The opening minutes had me so intrigued as to what was happening. Not only was the ATV rider cocky, he was also inquisitive and never let fear get the better of him. The man is clearly something out of a horror story, although he never lets you believe that.
The first few minutes set up a brilliant, tense mood. Strong facial cues, as well as a great soundtrack told you everything. Not a word was spoken by any character until the guy got zapped. It did feel a bit frustrating to get the characters talking. All we needed was to see them talking and from that most folk could make a pretty educated guess as to what was being said.
I’ll leave you to discover what happens at the end. The film is only ten minutes long. The verbal delivery of lines was not as persuasive as everything else, which is a pity, as everything else had five stars written all over it.
Neary’s Void is a short film written, produced and directed by filmmaker Dillon Schohr.