This is the first Marvel film in a long-long time to feel a bit rushed and …empty. The performances are strong, the story is roughly there, the effects and hero mythology aping old school stories (see Jekyll and Hyde, others) is just fine.
The editing however seems quite sloppy – noticeably in the first half hour. Unless there is something about this being done on purpose artist-wise – I still don’t get it. It looks like shots in single scenes and sequences were filmed months apart. This was jarring.
Beyond that, Tom Hardy in a strange voiced role (see Bane) plays reporter Eddie Brock who like most superheroes before him, sees a tragedy before him only to see him recover with powers. In this case – an alien life form using his body as a host.
A little bit of The Hidden, and a bit of aforementioned Jekyll and Hyde, and you are looking at the set up and extension of this script. Fair enough set up – however it never really progresses beyond that. The script is in the mode of more of an action thriller, and in this thin way it pays off.
The ending I did find a bit clunky, as far as the final set piece and aliens looking to head back home – but otherwise the movie is strong despite real first reel problems.
Venom plays this week in Mile Zero – both 3D and regular screenings.