Journalist Eddie Brock is 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 fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating. (Google)
Venom is an interesting character because of his relationship with Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man- and it’s a shame because this movie didn’t seem to care about that fact.
I’m gonna start off with the positives… don’t worry, it won’t take me long. The movie is shot well, Tom Hardy seemed passionate about this character, and the relationship between Eddie and the Symbiote is interesting.
Now let me talk about the problems this movie has:
First off- SONY, you have a Spider-Man problem, you need counseling. SONY seems so dead-set on making movies that are Spider-Man related, and it’s painfully transparent that they fail every time they have something Spidey related. I also find it hilarious that they put ‘In association with Marvel’ in the opening credits twice, you think you’re being clever- but I see through it.
The tone of the movie is all over the place: it doesn’t know whether it wants to be a horror, a comedy, or a superhero film and because of this, the movie seems unbalanced and unfocused.
Some of the dialogue in this film goes from either being decent, to being goofy, to just being plain awful. When I found out the screenwriter also wrote the “50 Shades of Grey” series, I wasn’t shocked, because those films are infamous for having bad dialogue.
The CGI in this film is pretty spotty in some scenes, especially in the huge fight scene between Venom and Riot, that scene in particular I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on because of the CGI mess and the poor editing- speaking of which…
The editing is all over the place in this film, you can definitely tell this thing has been through the cutting room a bunch of times.
The final problem I have with this film is something during the mid-credit scene…
Woody Harrelson plays a pretty important Venom character, but they put a wig on this man, and it looks awful- it honestly looks like they put a red chia pet on his head, and I busted out laughing when I saw that.
“Venom” suffers from being a mediocre superhero film that has tonal issues, poor dialogue, and that PG-13 rating killed this film. Venom is a violent character, and the R rating would’ve helped establish it as a dark, gritty film.
Honestly, this film seems like the knock-off movie to “Upgrade” which came out earlier this year, and was a way better film for having a smaller budget. Venom describes his movie perfectly: an armless, legless, faceless thing rolling down the street- like a turd in the wind.
“Venom” get a 6/10 or a D.