Film Review – Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (MA)

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

The bickering duo, Eddie Brock and the alien entity attached to him Venom, are back to squeeze some more mileage out of their odd couple pairing for another brisk Marvel outing.

The tension deepens between meek journalist Eddie and the bombastic alien Venom, who is hungry for human flesh – the two barely co-exist in a small apartment, but their clashing ideals and values become too much and they bicker more frequently.

Havoc ensues when Eddie is summoned to interview deeply troubled serial killer on death row Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who bites Eddie during their meeting and inherits a portion of Venom, creating Carnage, and goes on a rampage.

This is a short, sharp and entertaining time passer, with Hardy and the CGI Venom the leading force as the hero and anti-hero.

Their bickery banter takes this thinly plotted story a long way, particularly when the script also has little interest in character development. It is Hardy that continues to impress, performing well against the inky, sharp toothed ratbag.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is designed simply as a fun ride, and as that it delivers.

However, with so many other films on the market that offer similar things, it hardly stands out from the crowd.

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