Tom Hardy transforms into 'Venom' in rip-roaring thriller

Posted October 05, 2018

As much as he fights to be the dominant one, his performance is essentially rejected by Venom, in favor of storytelling choices that felt dated 15 years ago.

The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw wrote that the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe is "riddled with the poison of dullness", while Variety's Owen Gleiberman described it as "unexciting in its ho-hum competence".

Venom finally opens in cinemas today, and like all comic book movies these days the Spider-Man spin-off comes loaded with multiple post-credit sequences for fans to sink their teeth into. It's not scary, the CGI is messy, the characters are flat, and the laughs are few and far between.

Woody Harrelson is also appearing in what's reportedly a small - but still unnamed part - though read on below for our speculation on exactly who he's playing. Granted, there's a lot more talking than action in Venom, but this auto chase goes on for a while, as if it was meant to be what everyone would talk about on the way home, instead of something to forget.

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Venom will follow Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as he becomes inhabited by the titular symbiote while investigating Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) and the Life Foundation. Where did you come from and why are you here?

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times called Venom "pretty weak poison", and noted that, while it's not quite "terrible", the film "tells a stale, workmanlike origin story, cursorily updated with drive-by references to climate change and fake news, and outfitted with cheaply serviceable visual effects". Admittedly, a mid-credits scene does tease an intriguing possibility for a sequel.

"We made a standalone Venom movie, that now allows us to do many things, you know what I mean?" interjects Tolmach.

This created an effective on-set reality, in that only Eddie could hear Venom's voice.

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Venom does none of this. The film also stars Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Michelle Lee, Mac Brandt and Jenny Slate in supporting roles. The whole point of Venom is that he isn't a superhero - he's a malicious parasite (but don't use that word in front of him), who bonds to Brock because they're both, in Venom's words, "losers".

"Venom" has its weird pleasures, including Eddie's assault on a pricey restaurant during the early stages of his possession; the sight of Tom Hardy sitting in a lobster tank eating a live crustacean is one you will not soon forget. Riz Ahmed plays the main antagonist in the movie, Riz also plays Venoms counterpart Riot, Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer. With violence often the punchline, Venom isn't any funnier than the average Marvel film that doesn't feature Robert Downey, Jr.'s Iron Man., and its human characters are no more charming or interesting. Unlike Brock, however, Kasady was never interested in trying to reign in Carnage's murderous, cannibalistic side, meaning Carnage basically just gets to cut a swath of destruction and terror wherever it wants, whenever it wants.

"There's an element of original "Ghostbusters, ' a slightly "80s retro vibe to it, which I enjoyed, and a bit of 'Teen Wolf" and 'American Werewolf in London" vibe to it", Hardy said.

Spider-Man: Homecoming established the existence of aliens because it referenced the Battle of NY from Avengers: Assemble, which saw thousands of Chitauri warriors pouring through a wormhole and attacking the Big Apple.

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