The Empty Man (and the Empty Theater)

The Empty Man is a movie that seems easy to diss from its trailer alone, but I promise that the movie is much more than its trailer (Don’t judge a movie by its trailer!). A critical comment on the trailer was “What kind of monster is summoned by kids blowing in a button on a bridge? Lame”; thankfully, the movie’s intro is quick to provide answers. The intro, and the movie in general aren’t spoiled by the trailer, which to me, gives me a better movie experience. I was astonished at how empty the theaters for the Empty Man have been, especially when it was just me and Mike (I’m not going to complain about having the entire theater room to ourselves).

Just Mike and I

Unwittingly, the emptiness of the theater also contributed to the movie’s atmosphere of loneliness and unease; an empty theater would normally give you the message that the movie is just bad. I think the Empty Man is definitely an underrated movie, which might become a sleeper hit once it hits consumers on their TVs. Of course, another big factor to the empty theater could simply be that the movies it had to compete with in theaters and during a pandemic. I would rate the movie 10/10, in that it was unique and nothing like I thought it would be. Be warned that the movie is a bit slow to unfold, so you really need to be in the mood or have the time to watch it.

I might have been pleased we had the whole theater to ourselves the entire duration of the movie.

My “theory” on what the Empty Man is.

The Empty Man is an ancient evil whose origin and salvation is that of the nothingness. For all intents and purposes, the Empty Man seemingly represents the universe’s “Dark Energy”, the phrase for the unknown force[s] that is theorized to drive the ultimate end of the universe. This end is where all matter and energy is so distant that in effect it becomes a void, devoid of both matter and light. On top of that, the universe is theorized to have “come from nothing”, so the Empty Man ‘merely’ wants to return the universe back to the way it was. A cult that worships such a figure and would see to it that its mission is carried out is just horrifying.

Evan Jonigkeit as Greg in 20th Century Studios’ THE EMPTY MAN. Photo by Ilze Kitshoff. © 2020 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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