A reporter battles a mad scientist in a fight for his life after merging with a snarky alien symbiote that gives him remarkable superpowers.

Year: 2018
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1hr 52m
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom HardyMichelle WilliamsRiz AhmedScott HazeReid ScottJenny SlateMelora WaltersWoody HarrelsonPeggy LuMalcolm C. Murray

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A movie of two halves.

Like any comic nerd I was excited at the prospect of “Venom” finally hitting the big screen in a more focused and ambitious way after the disaster of “Spiderman 3″‘s portrayal of the iconic anti-hero. This would be it! A full movie dedicated to what I regard as one of the most underrated characters in Marvel’s history… and it delivered… for about 20 minutes. The plot is thinner than paper – although that’s exactly a deal breaker in the superhero genre – the movie is just not interesting enough for the first two acts to hold much attention.

After a comet is discovered harbouring alien life by a space exploration company known as ‘Life Foundation’ a sample is taken and brought back to earth. They later find out that the four samples taken are symbiotic creatures that require a host to survive and so the company begin testing the symbiote on humans in an attempt to find a suitable host. Unfortunately most get rejected and end up dying as a result.

Through a series of events journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) ends up finding out about the human trials at the Life Foundation facility and after attempting to save a life he gets bonded with the symbiote and Venom is born. What follows is a cat and mouse tale as the company try to retrieve their specimen. That’s the clip notes version as I don’t want to spoil anything but you can predict what comes next.

My main issue with this movie is, while it looks and sounds good, the editing is nauseating. Not in a ‘in your face’ kind of way but the chunks of movie pre-Venom and post-Venom are so apparent and unblended it almost feels episodic. On the plus side the ‘buddy cop’ set up between Eddie and Venom is a highlight and Tom Hardy absolutely nails both characters.

It’s not a bad movie overall, i’s just very disjointed and had potential which, unfortunately, never gets realised. Still, I can say it’s a much better attempt than the previous appearance from Spiderman 3!

Watch it once then forget about it.

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