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People dream of finding life in outer space, but, there are some forms of life should never be found, no matter what …
Venom is a 2018 mix of sci-fi, action and horror, based on the comic book of the same name. Taking up the lead role is Tom Hardy (Mad Max, Peaky Blinders) as Eddie Brock / Venom. His beautiful fiancée, Anne, is played by actress Michelle Williams (Manchester by the sea, Oz the great and powerful). Bad boy tech geek and all round villain, Carlton Drake, is played by Riz Ahmed (Rogue One / The four lions). Venom was directed by Ruben Fleisher, who has also helmed the Gangster Squad and Zombieland. The budget for the movie was $100,000,000, and in its opening weekend in the U.S. took in approx. $80,000,000.
Venom opens with the crash of a space shuttle, one that is carrying the discovery of alien life in outer space. The result of the crash is that one of the lifeforms manages to escape from its confinement into the surrounding countryside, much to the chagrin of Carlton Drake, who financed the space mission with the hope of finding something to benefit his huge, billion dollar tech corporation. Extremely popular news reporter, Eddie Brock, is handed the scoop of a lifetime, an interview with Drake, and although he is told to be nice and to play ball with the billionaire, Eddie decides to expose him as a crook and a liar. This results in him being not only fired from his job, but also in the loss of his fiancée, Anne, too. In the meanwhile, Drake has transported the aliens to his lab and is performing all manner of illegal experiments with them. One of his scientists, sickened by his actions, decides to confide what’s happening in the lab to Brock, who sneaks into the lab to find some kind of incriminating proof to clear his name, and hopefully win back Anne’s heart. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse, and he becomes infected by one of the aliens, a symbiotic parasite called ‘Venom’. He gains incredible powers, but Drake wants both Eddie and Venom back, and he’s willing to do anything he can do accomplish this. To survive, Eddie needs to not only to avoid Drakes hitman, but also come to terms with his new, live in partner, Venom. As the odds slowly stack against him, can Eddie pull off the seemingly impossible, or will Drake finally get what he wants, at the cost of Eddie’s life?
I read somewhere that Marvel had taken a chance on making Venom, and it sure looks to me like that gamble has paid off. From the opening scenes, the action is thick and fast, as we see the space shuttle hurtling to Earth, burning up in a ball of flame. They made the perfect choice in Tom Hardy as Eddie / Venom. He really pulls off playing both characters at the same time. The rest of the cast do great too, but the real star of the show is Venom himself. There is a lot of comedy in the movie, plenty of great one liners to get the laughs going. The special effects are top notch. Venom, as well as the other, symbiotes, looks clean and smooth and highly detailed. Sound effects were loud and well made too - lots of bangs, crashes and whistles. There are also plenty of set action pieces, fights, a great motorbike chase, etc. People were cheering in the cinema while they were watching them! Having never seen the comic books, I have no way of comparing the film to them, but hopefully the film does them justice. They left an opening to make a sequel to the movie, make sure you stay right to the end of the closing credits to see the two clips hidden in them to see how the plot could unfold in a future movie. Venom is definitely worth seeing on the big screen near you … soon.
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