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The latest installation in the Marvel franchise is the story of a journalist named Eddie Brock whose goal is to take down the corrupt Carlton Drake, founder of the Life Foundation. However, after overstepping his boundaries, he loses his job.

Six months later, he learns that Drake is using symbiotes and testing them on innocent bystanders, killing them in the process. He is then, of course, infused with an alien symbiote that takes over his body, and he becomes a superhuman with immense strength and power. Now, it's up to Eddie and his alter-ego, Venom, to stop Drake from destroying the planet.

"Venom," Marvel s latest superhero flick, could have used more bite and less of a light-hearted tone. AP PHOTO/SONY PICTURES
"Venom," Marvel s latest superhero flick, could have used more bite and less of a light-hearted tone. AP PHOTO/SONY PICTURES

For those unfamiliar with Venom, he's a villain in the Spider-Man franchise who we originally saw in the poorly made "Spider-Man 3" back in 2007. He's much more uniquely designed here with his long tongue, sharp teeth, wide eyes and a deep dark voice that's much more menacing and cunning than expected.

When comparing this Venom to his appearance in "Spider-Man 3," this is the more superior role.

Venom's scenes can be quite fun, and the action can be thrilling at times. However, those elements don't tend to stay consistent throughout the entire movie, and at times they can even be bland.

One scene shows Venom and Eddie fighting off a squad of NYPD SWAT officers, and it feels more like a cut-away scene in a video game than a movie.


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Tom Hardy did as well he could with the material given him in this role. It's clear from films like "The Revenant" that he can act, but this definitely isn't his greatest performance. He is convincing enough as Eddie, but he would have been able to put his acting talents to a bigger test if the writing wasn't so flat and unoriginal.

What would have helped "Venom" stay consistently engaging is an R rating. Many were hoping for a gritty, raunchy and super-violent movie about a man struggling with a parasite that he can't get rid of. Not to sound sadistic, but more blood and gore would have made the film much more enjoyable.

Instead, "Venom" attempts to be both dark and light-hearted at the same time, leading to inconsistent tones. We jump from a gritty scene of a little girl with a symbiote to a comical scene of Eddie attempting to fight off Venom.

There is a good movie here somewhere, but many improvements were needed to make it one of the better Marvel films. With the success of "Deadpool" and "Logan," "Venom" would have been more original and entertaining if it were more like those films. Hopefully, Marvel will make this change for the inevitable sequel.

Worst scene: The end

Weirdest moment: The scene in which the fimmakers decided to use a Snapchat filter for effects, despite their large budget

Rewatchability: 15%

Grade: D+