The Movie: 5/10
Reviewing a movie is not always a straight forward task. It’s not complicated, don’t get me wrong, it’s a simple thing to do. I watch a movie, have a reaction, talk about the reaction, job done….and yet there are movies that put a hitch in my step right as I get ready to write it all down. I like fun movies, sometimes even dumb movies, but only if the dumbness is at a tolerable level. The reason I’m bringing it up is because there are times when a movie has a pretty high level of production value, good effects, good stunts, looks good on the big screen, AND it’s got so many things wrong with the story it feels like the intelligence is being sucked out of my head, while it also entertains me. It can be confusing:) Yes, Venom is one of THOSE movies.
I had a great time watching it, although that thing in my brain kept saying, “Oh gosh, this is so dumb.” I did find some balance though, right between the eye rolling and the occasional “whoa” at big action sequence.
The story didn’t do anything for me. A creepy alien infiltrates a human and can do massive damage as a good guy or bad guy. I wanted it to be more interesting, but something about it just felt flimsy and that flimsiness kept me on high alert for the flaws. Our hero is established to be a difficult kind of guy, OK. Our villain is just one of those characters who has some big weird plan for improving the human race to do something, not sure really what that was all about. Our leading lady is strong and independent, almost, but still is compelled to look after her ex, our difficult hero who is not up against our weird villain guy…but with a twist? Yea, that creepy alien who takes over our hero’s body from time to time. It sounds compelling, but the dialogue and a LOT of the choices characters make are the kinds of choices where you look at the person who’s watching the movie with you with that look on your face. You know the one. It says to your movie watching buddy, “Are they kidding with this crap?”
With all this struggle to overcome the weaknesses of Venom, I still enjoyed it. It’s got a few laughs, a few WOW’s, and I can dig around deep enough to appreciate the characters for who they could be, just not for who they are in this movie.
I would recommend this flick for a cold Saturday evening at home with popcorn and sodas and a follow up movie that tips the balance with a serious alien contender….Alien.
- Venom Mode (1 Hour 52 Minutes) – A cool comic book style trivia track that lasts the whole run-time.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (5 Minutes) – 3 deleted scenes that are best removed from the film.
- From Symbiote To Screen (20 Minutes) – A discussion on Venom featuring many pop culture icons including Kevin Smith.
- The Anti-Hero (10 Minutes) – A look at Eddie Brock and the fine line between hero and villain.
- The Lethal Protector In Action (9 Minutes) – Featurette based on the action sequences of the film.
- Venom Vision (7 Minutes) – A look at Venom’s director Ruben Fleischer.
- Designing Venom (5 Minutes) – A look at how the comic book version of Venom was inspiration for the movie.
- Symbiote Secrets (3 Minutes) – The easter eggs of the film are explored, this seems like it’s aimed at kids.
- Select Scenes Pre-Vis (14 Minutes) – Animated storyboards for the main action sequences.
- Music Videos (8 Minutes)
- Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse Sneak Peek (4 Minutes) – A full scene from the new movie in theaters now.
- Blu-ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Venom comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Sony and a 1080P AVC encode that looks superb throughout. Detail is razor sharp and shadow detail is inky and lovely. Some of the darker scenes suffer from digital noise but mostly from the source not the disc itself.
The UHD of Venom comes with a Dolby Atmos track but the Blu-ray comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 that is up to the job. Venom is a very active film sonically and the surround speakers are given a workout as soon as the film starts. When Brock turns into Venom the voice comes from the surround speakers and is a really cool effect. Overall I loved this presentation on Blu-ray love it or hate it this is technically spot on.
Overall Score 5/10