Kyle J. Steenblik

Venom is Unintentionally Campy [Review]

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Venom
Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel
Based on Venom by David Michelinie, Todd McFarlane
Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott
Production company Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Arad Productions, Matt Tolmach Productions, Pascal Pictures
Distributed by Sony Pictures
Release date October 5, 2018
Running time 112 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language
2 stars out of 5
One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin?

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