This is so superior to Prometheus in every way possible.
Tension filled, good performances (Japanese Captain from Sunshine shows up here) and a dangerous creature.
Agreed mostly, but
I think there's a bit of a trick where we're shown Rebecca's capsule is heading Eathwards and Jake's hit that bit of debris, or something. It's a nasty switcheroo of sorts.
The director knows how to frame a shot well. That's the best thing I can say about this.
It wasn't enitrely bad, but my patience was wearing thin after the halfway point. Hunting/evading the creature grew pretty monotonous. They kept flip flopping on whether they were hunting it, or just avoiding it and trying to survive. Wait, no, we've decided we're suicidal now...but we still have to avoid the creature! Jesus, just pick one. Nobody likes a tease.
When the script hits the brakes and gives us our character backstory exposition, it's super painful. I think we get Ryan Reynolds, Jake G, and one of the other one's origin spiels all in a row. Very elegant scripting. Ryan: "Family is plumbers. I am fixit man." Jake: "I soldier man. As soldier man, I uniquely qualified to say it is bad thing when people die." Rebecca Ferguson: "Germs are gross."
When we are left with just Jake and Rebecca, the personality vacuum sucks harder than the vacuum of space.
The ending is an okay "Gotcha!" moment in theory, except for the laborious and clumsy setup of the final plan that makes absolutely no sense. I'm pretty sure there was another way to keep the creature away from earth that didn't involve putting it in an escape pod with an autopilot course locked for earth. Also, it kinda detracted from the moment to have Jake's face look perfectly fine and painless amongst the webbing.
Thought it was a surprisingly effective genre film. Sad I missed it in the theaters. It's basically Gravity meets Alien, but it had enough surprises to keep me in engaged. The ending kind of reminds me of The Mist, in that it succeeded in elevating a film I'd concluded was "decently good" to a higher echelon.
Calvin's fucking scary, yo.
Grabbed this from Redbox a few days ago, and for that, it's an enjoyable little genre film. And I thought the twist worked.
I've seen a persuasive argument that this is less a Venom prequel and more a Cloverfield one.
It would have been cool if they had kept it an amorphous monster that just kept getting bigger, sort of like The Blob in space. I didn't mind the later forms of the creature that much, though. The final form, with the
Reminds me, this creepy lil bugger I saw on twitter reminded me of Calvin a bit:
The amount of stupid in this defies belief. It's almost worse than Prometheus on a logic level. Nothing really makes sense. And the ending is insulting in how implausible it is.
This wouldn't be a problem if they weren't trying so hard to steep the premise in reality.
That becomes clear pretty quickly. What I mean is the film has this feeling of verisimilitude that isn't appropriate because of the ensuing silliness and implausibilities. On top of the thinly drawn characters. It's just a mess. It's too bad because the horror aspect is well done.