Movie Review: Venom

Parasite or Symbiote?


Kyla Weber, Editor, Reporter

Official Trailer via Sony Pictures Entertainment on YouTube

“Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.” – Film Synopsis via Google

SONY once again has decided to be a parasite and hop onto the success of all the superhero movies that have come out this year by releasing Venom. The film makes Venom, who is technically a villain, not too villainous but not too good either. He floated somewhere in between and it was great to watch. He saved the planet from extinction but still destroyed half of it along the way. He also wasn’t sickeningly good by constantly doing the right thing, he broke the rules. A scene that reminded us that Venom is still a villain, was when he went up against the SWAT team. He destroyed the building, ripped the men apart and took the hits like they were nothing.

Tom Hardy’s performance in this film is superb, but that is about the extent of great actors performances in this film. Everyone else in the filmed seemed bored and didn’t want to star in a SONY film. Whether it’s Brock’s bored girlfriend played by Michelle Williams, or Riz Ahmed who plays the antagonist sleep walking through the whole film, Hardy seemed to be the only one interested in his role both of Brock and Venom.

One problem with this film was that it was too fast paced. So much information was being thrown at the viewers at once that it isn’t possible to process all of it. It leaves us with so many unanswered questions. Why does Venom love Eddie so much? Why do symbiotes kill people during symbiosis? However, the worst issue with this film was developing relationships, especially with Venom and Eddie. It seemed they had just met then all of a sudden Venom is telling Eddie he’s staying because of him. It was like Venom, after knowing Eddie for an hour, fell in love with him. Now sure, Venom was literally inside Eddies head and knows everything about it him but we the audience don’t know this. SONY need to tell us, not just leave us in the dark to assume things.

Official Movie Poster via IMDb

Overall, this movie was an amazing action film but that’s all it is. The movie did a great job providing a lot of movement, chaos, and carnage. A great film but it lacked meaning, depth of character, and conviction.