Venom is here, the new superhero movie that gives a wholly unexpected twist to this character, which became popular and obscure comic book villains during the 90s. Based on the homonymous character of Marvel, Venom is best known as one of the main enemies of the superhero Spider-Man.
On this occasion, the famous arachnid Avenger has nothing to do with the film, which focuses entirely on presenting the story of Eddie Brock, a journalist who comes into contact with an alien symbiote that requires an exact host to survive. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed, Venom is rated PG-13.
Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a journalist and reporter who investigates the Life Foundation, led by Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed – Rogue One: A History of Star Wars) who performs illegal experiments on humans and mixes them with ways of extraterrestrial life. When Brock loses everything due to his research and being infected with one of these strange beings, the struggle to survive and to protect the Earth from the threats of the Foundation will begin.
Among the successes of the film, the most outstanding is the relationship and dynamics of the protagonist Eddie Brock and his counterpart Venom. This strange and crazy couple, where two entities are in constant battle, keeps things interesting for most of the movie. While Brock tries to maintain emotional and physical control, Venom controls his body and uses it for his own benefit. The result is a comic exchange and with a certain charm.
Another strong feature of the film is Venom’s design and visuals. From its physical appearance to the presentation of its powers, the symbiote does not disappoint when it appears on the screen. This also includes their sounds and their voice. Seeing Venom unleash against his enemies in several action sequences ends up being a lot of fun.
On the negative side, the biggest flaw is its schizophrenic tone. Venom tries to do too many things and never really decides on a path. For example, the film jumps abruptly from horror to romance, and from violence to comedy. This, along with cheesy dialogue and holes in the plot, cause Venom to feel like a type-B movie of the genre, born in the late 90s.
In addition to this, high-caliber actors such as Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed are entirely untapped in their respective secondary characters. Both do the best with the material in hand, but they really are wasted.
Venom lands very far from being a total disaster as many expect. It disappoints, but at the same time entertains and includes several outstanding elements that shine. The problem is that the rod for the genre of superheroes and comics is so high today, that Venom pales in comparison greatly.