Thanks to Sony Pictures Releasing we had the chance to see ‘Venom’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
If you have been waiting for an amazing Venom film, full of complex characters, interesting plot twists, violence and epic action sequences…keep waiting.
Venom is the latest comic book film, a genre which seems to flood cinemas every few months. Talk of a solo Venom film has been in the works for over a decade (after Venom’s horrific appearance in the unspeakable Spiderman 3 (2007).
Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock, a tough, no nonsense investigative journalist. When Eddie starts investigating billionaire Carlton Drake’s (Riz Ahmed) Life Foundation, he gets in over his head, costing him his job and the love of his life. It is only after sneaking into Drake’s company (a massive research facility with no security cameras for some reason) that he becomes the host of an alien organism, known as Venom.
The downfall of the film is its slow script and formulaic superhero/supervillain plot. Although Eddie Brock resents his abilities and doesn’t fit the superhero mould, the film’s few jokes and quirky moments do not make up for its thin plot. A plot audiences have seen time and time again. Moreover, Venom feels more like a comedy at some stage, as the dark beloved alien Symbiote acts more like a funny “Jiminy the cricket” voice inside Eddie’s head.
Neither the director Ruben Fleischer or screenwriters managed to portray the character of Venom with much originality or complexity. Instead, Venom is battling the same two dimensional “supervillain”, in the shape of Carlton Drake that audiences have seen time and time again. What’s more, the evil Symbiote living inside Drake’s body feels like a late and rushed addition into a film that perhaps did not need a full battle against Symbiotes, with the end result becoming a video-game kind of fight full of CGI that is extremely hard to follow.
Beware! As both Spider-Man and Venom are part of the same universe and there are talks of a future Spider-Man/Venom crossover film, and maybe that’s why this film was not given the R-Rated treatment the character deserved.
Despite Hardy‘s solid efforts to bring the character to life with the given material and Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed strong performances, ultimately Venom packs no punches.
…By the way, don’t forget that a true Marvel fan waits until the ends of the credits!
Venom is out now in cinemas