'Venom' Review: Like A 2003 Superhero Movie Crashed Into 2018

WESTWOOD CA- OCTOBER 01 Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Columbia

His take on Eddie Brock is unlike numerous characters he has become known for like his roles in "The Revenant" or 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' He plays Eddie Brock as a charming, down-on-his luck sleuth, who has bit off more than he can chew. "So in honesty, there is probably like seven hours or more of me playing Venom and enjoying myself". Brock becomes a host to an evil alien symbiote which transforms him into a monstrous supervillain. When a conscience-burdened scientist (Jenny Slate) convinces the down-on-his-luck Eddie to come to the lab to photograph the atrocities, Eddie comes into contact with one of the symbiotes, named Venom, which deems him a ideal match and starts to take over his body.

He is sent by his editor to deliver a puff piece about Silicon Valley tycoon Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the megalomaniac founder of the Life Foundation, who is surreptitiously carrying out some seriously dodge experiments involving human "hosts" and gelatinous, writhing extraterrestrial alien symbiotes.

Grimacing manically and dripping with flop-sweat, Hardy gives the antithesis of a modern superhero performance. A quote from the comic goes, "You're Eddie Brock". The problem is that the movie seemingly can't make up its mind, half the time resembling one of Marvel's gritty Netflix dramas - only with considerably more lavish (and gruesome) special effects. That's why the story works.

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The character played by Harrelson appears to reference the Marvel character Cletus Kasady, also known as the supervillain and Spider-Man nemesis Carnage. But here, we have no particular investment in Eddie's wellbeing. Speaking to IGN at the Hollywood red carpet premiere of Venom, Hardy said his quote had been "misunderstood". The first, mid-credits, is a shameless plug for Venom II, or Venom-er, or whatever they plan to call it. With Disney sitting this one out - its next film is next spring's Captain Marvel - and Warner gearing up for Aquaman's Christmas release, the real battle for the universe would seem to be between studio titans, not alien beasties. We get to see his softer side as he is in constant debate with the symbiote that speaks to him in his head. In fact, it's a classic origins story, complete with a megalomaniacal billionaire playing God; a likable girlfriend character, and of course an everyman who finds himself in the wrong lab at the wrong time, and all of a sudden he's FREAKING OUT because some insane things are happening to him!

Actor Tom Hardy, who does not consume alcohol, revealed he was addicted to booze and cocaine until his mid-20s and went to rehab in 2003. "So to imagine him being an iconic adversary to Venom in the future is really exciting". And the old Jekyll-and-Hyde push-pull between civilized man and his inner animal remains intermittently entertaining and, every so often, quite telling. While Venom is low on body horror, it offers a different but equally kinky take on Venom and Eddie's partnership, with Eddie masochistically sticking around for Venom's insults, orders, and (eventually) supportive reassurances.

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