Space goo is brought back to Earth and it gets inside Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) a journalist investigating Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) an evil mega-rich douchebag.
I have to say, I don’t have a lot of hate for this film. It’s got plenty of flaws, actually lots of flaws, but it also has some cool visuals, some decent moments of humor, and some well-arranged moments of action. It’s an entertaining way to kill a couple of hours as long as you don’t scrutinize the details.
If you do scrutinize the details, as many long-term fans of the character are likely to do, then this thing doesn’t hold up well. Riz Ahmed isn’t a very convincing villain, Tom Hardy acts like he doesn’t want to be in the film, and Michelle Williams isn’t given anything to do. The science is incredibly suspect and certainly beyond anyone’s ability to suspend disbelief, and Woody Harrelson doesn’t show up until halfway through the end credits.
It’s also loaded with contrivances, most notably with the alien snot. It’s brought back to Earth, and we’re led to believe the scientists in Carlton’s lab have been unable to bond it with anything more than a rabbit. Then Eddie Brock shows up, and suddenly everyone’s compatible. Eddie, his ex-girlfriend Anne, a dog, and Carlton Drake, all play host at one point or another. It doesn’t make any sense, and caring about such things will only upset you.
Personally, I couldn’t care less about Venom, and by doing so I managed to get a smidgen of entertainment value out of the film. As far as superhero movies go, I found myself comparing it to Ghost Rider. Both fantastic looking characters, in really shitty films.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Written by: Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr 52 min.