‘Venom’: Dumb plot, weak effects sting in inept superhero film

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‘Venom’: Dumb plot, weak effects sting in inept superhero film

They also said it is their #3 Marvel movie overall, only trailing Infinity War and Black Panther ticket sales. Hardy is giving his all to comically elevate material that does not deserve it, and that becomes especially clear when his dual roles start getting romantically involved with one another. As Venom/Eddie, he's merely constantly hungry and hears the voice of the alien in his head.

The inmate says he can "turn it on if you want", offering to go into detail about the patterns of arterial spray. Brock's suspicions are accurate, but when confronting Drake about the corporation's wrongful death allegations, he uses confidential information essentially stolen from his fiancée Annie (Michelle Williams), who was serving as legal counsel. And also technology has evolved so much in that time that it felt like we could do a photo-real Venom for this movie. There, Eddie Brock was played by Topher Grace as a warped and more cynical take on Peter Parker.

Are you all as eager to see Venom in action as we are? All of the things that Spider-Man could do in the comics, all the ways he might move, respond, use his body or the environment, are available to you, the player, and over time you become better at choosing among various options and chaining them together, to fight, to dodge, to swing gloriously through the game's virtual mock-up of NY.

A Turd in the Wind: Back in the halcyon days of superhero filmmaking, before Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios changed the tide toward cinematic universes that strove for a certain prestige appeal, let's face it - comic book movies were kind of dumb. To be honest, Venom's nearly worth watching for Hardy's freakish accent and whirling-dervish mania alone, but it's a shame he's not surrounded by a better, more exciting film. It's the story of a journalist, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), who loses his career and the woman he is about to marry when he goes after industrialist Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). The film, which opens on Friday has been billed as a darker, antihero franchise - but reviewers seem to mostly agree that, as an endeavor, it's somewhat of a failure. In fact, it seems like a lot of whether you come away from the movie in mildly amused confusion or outright hate has to do with whether you're into watching Tom Hardy turn in a truly freakish performance. Personally, sign me right the hell up for the teased sequel; the only thing better than Tom Hardy here would be him with an actor equally going for broke right along beside him. I think in a couple of years, "Venom" could be the type of movie that sells out midnight showings as people come up to the screen and act out their favorite parts - like a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" type of thing. Die-hard Marvel movie fans or readers of the Venom comics, however, may not be entirely satisfied by the lackluster story or lack of character development.

Opening in Philippine cinemas Thursday, October 4, Venom is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Haven't we seen Venom before though?

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