'Venom' review: Sony delivers the worst Marvel movie since 'Elektra'

Tom Hardy’s Venom will release on October 5 in India

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), having fully bonded with the inky alien parasite named Venom, returns to his street-beat duties as an investigative reporter. But each is forced to decide what side they are on, and what is worth fighting for, when the duo discovers that another symbiote, Riot, has bonded with Drake and intends to turn Earth into a host planet for his species to consume.

Michelle Williams co-stars in a generic Girlfriend Role as Eddie's ex-fiancee Annie, salvaged by one mitigating factor: When she gets a new boyfriend, he's portrayed as a likable person, and Eddie treats him with respect. Nevertheless, Eddie comes into fusion with Venom, beginning a quest for food (the symbiote is insatiable, to the point where Eddie jumps into a lobster tank at a restaurant and starts eating them alive) and justice. Partly, this is due to the fact that, as an origin story, this one seems rote and unimaginative. But perhaps its biggest sin - especially seeing as this is a comic book movie and there's already a template for this sort of thing - is it's... tiresome.

Ahmed, who's very talented, has the distinction of playing the best person in a very good movie opening in the Boston area today ("The Sisters Brothers", at the Boston Common and Kendall) and the very worst person in a pretty bad movie (this one). He called Venom "a poor second cousin to the all-stars that have reliably dominated the box-office charts for most of this century". There, I said it: Tom Hardy has managed to be boring, and whether the responsibility for his charisma-ectomy goes to the listless script or his own actorly choices, I can't say.

For now, there's Venom, who seems to exist in a sub-universe all his own; no Spider-Man in sight.

And Bryan Bishop of the Verge said that Venom is "a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, freakish plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance".

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The film's main appeal, however, lies not in the stunts, but in the details of Eddie's metamorphosis as he and Venom gradually settle on the ground rules of life together.

Even the message that Earth is heading toward disaster and we must be more concerned with environmental issues is forgotten by the end of the film. I have to think that the studio is thinking the same thing and somewhere down the road, the characters will cross paths'. Venom doesn't turn up in full until nearly the hour mark and the laughs (the intentional ones that is) really only come in the film's final moments where we get the obligatory Stan Lee cameo.

Venom is an iconic comic book villain who, with the right film adaptation, could feasibly achieve the level of pop culture ubiquity that the Joker has enjoyed in recent years.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and written by Scott Rosenberg (Pain & Gain, Jumanji) & Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), the Venom film is set for an October 5, 2018 release date. "What I'm saying is that I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom".

"It takes a long time for things to really get going and for Venom to appear in the black, gooey flesh".

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