Review: VENOM



Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Duration: 105 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 05-OCT-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.

Overall Review:
VENOM, directed by Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland), is based on a character from Marvel comics but, apparently, a standalone film separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Film is lead by Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes the host of a powerful, symbiotic alien that gives him superhuman abilities. The movie’s supporting cast members include Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson. Film’s story is quite generic and straightforward unlike other MCU Films. Fleischer takes almost an hour to establish the VENOM character and it didn’t show up until almost halfway through the second act. Eddie and Venom’s odd relationship are the highlights of the film. t’s the kind of performance that is difficult to pull it off convincingly. And yet, Hardy does it well without resulting into either unintentionally laughable, cartoonish or glaringly over-the-top. As for the rest of the actors, both Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams deliver strong supports as the tyrannical antagonist Carlton Drake and Eddie Brock’s on-and-off love interest, Anne Weying. CGI was not great but it served the action part well. Soundtrack and background score was passable. Technically film has nothing to offer as memorable. Biggest flaw of the film was its STORY. The script doesn’t have the assured confidence of the familiar MCU and seems torn between committing to drama or comedy with neither winning out. Overall the film seems rushed and the unimaginative ending is a huge anti-climax making Venom feel like a missed opportunity. One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and bad-ass character: ‘VENOM’ may not be perfect, but it is very entertaining.

PDF Verdict:
Ruben Fleischer’s VENOM is a mixture of brilliant and mediocre ideas (of genius themes and love for the comic books). Get ready for ALTERNATIVE Spider-Man Universe from SONY and MARVELS. Ultimately, VENOM lacks the luster of MCU – it’s not as bad as you’re expecting, but it’s not as good either – ironically, this venom is not the cure to the cinematic poison of anti-superhero films.

Ratings: 3.25 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 2.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
CGI: 3 on 5

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