Review: Venom
3.0Overall Score

This Friday, Marvel will be releasing an origin film about one of Spider-Man’s most popular villains ‘Venom’. In the film, we meet journalist Eddie Brock who trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fuelled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.

Critics around the world have slated the film calling it ‘dumb’, ‘boring’ and ‘a mess’. However, we got to watch a sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel film and while it has its flaws, we didn’t think it was as bad as other critics made it out to be.

It’s Refreshing

With the new Marvel Cinematic Universe in full swing, we’ve already seen a number of origin movies and while they give a small glimpse into the lives of the villains we know and love, it’s not often we see a backstory of an evil character in such detail. While origin movies of heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man are worlds apart from a film like ‘Venom’, it’s still refreshing to get insight into how the bad guy came to be.

Tom Hardy Is The Perfect Fit

Venom is essentially a parasite that enters Eddie Brock’s body and, like any parasite, the body takes some time to adjust to the alien being. Tom does a great job is portraying the ups and downs of a human body rejecting an alien being. From the sweats to the hallucinations to the utter confusion when he starts hearing voices, Tom effortlessly brings that feeling of confusion and sheer fright to life.

It’s Full Of Action

The movie does manage to keep viewers in suspense throughout the film. From the moment Venom enters Eddie’s body to their joint decision to take down Drake and his empire, the film sees the new dynamic duo taking on a couple of bad guys – and it’s pretty awesome to watch.

It’s Not All Pretty

Sure, there is a lot wrong with the new Venom movie as well. We were disappointed that, being a Spider-Man spin-off, we don’t see our favourite webbed superhero in the film at all. We were also shocked to see just how bad almost every professional in the film was at their job. From doctors betraying doctor-patient confidentiality to the terrible security system at one of the world’s most secure laboratorys and even Brock’s TV expose based on unreliable sources. Some of the actors also fell flat and we’d be lying if we said the script was perfect too. However, ‘Venom’ is a fun, action-filled film and something different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Venom opens in South African cinemas on 5 October 2018.

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