When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.
I usually see almost every comic book movie that comes out these days. There are generally good (or at least ok) and I’ll just skip those that get terrible reviews. For this one while critics hated it but it has been number 1 at the box office 2 weeks in a row (and I like anti-heroes) so a friend and I went.
Tom Hardy is a good actor, he’s already been in the comic book world (he was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
) and I enjoy most movies he’s in. I can see why this movie is doing well, we doing usually get to see a villain (or at least anti-hero) often as the main character of a movie. Venom/Eddie Brock is certainly a reluctant hero and I quite enjoy the fact that he will just kill people (and eat part of them) rather than just leaving them for the cops. That sounded a little weird, what I mean is I like seeing an extreme point of view sometimes and Venom (usually) gives us that. There are some good special effects, good action scenes and some dark humor that I quite enjoyed.
The story, however, does seem slapped together and rushed. The villain is very predictable (and not memorable) and the big fight comes on so quick and ends so fast, it ends up being anti-climatic. Despite these flaws I still found myself enjoying this movie, I had fun and it certainly doesn’t go on too long.
Please don’t bring kids to this movie, while it’s PG-13 I think it’s almost an R due to violence and gore. I would say ages 14+. Watch for Stan Lee to make his usual cameo and stay for the end for 2 post credit scenes (though I’ll say the second one is just an extended preview for a different movie, so don’t feel obliged to stay). I’m willing to give Venom another chance and would see another movie. I do give this a mild recommendation and a 7 out of 10. Venom looks cool, creepy and is fun at times, still don’t pay for IMAX or even 3D but if you can see in your cheap theater. It’s a light piece of fun before the big hitters start to show up in theaters.