We saw Venom for the first-time years ago in Spiderman 3. Eddie Brock, a photographer and the rival of Peter Parker, gains superhuman abilities when a black symbiote merges with his body. Parker is successful in separating him and the symbiote, and while Parker attempts to destroy it with an explosive, Brock does not want to let go and tries to save it, destroying him and the symbiote in the process. He is a fairly menacing villain, although his character is slightly underdeveloped in the film.
With the production of the second Spider-Man film reboot, it is only natural that the studio seeks to reunite Venom with Spiderman again in the future. This time, Sony makes a standalone movie for Venom, released in 2018.
Venom focuses on how Venom encounters the symbiote and gains his superhuman abilities. The story starts with Eddie Brock, who has a job as an investigative journalist. He finds out about illegal trials in Life-Foundation, a bio-engineering corporation. Brock then meets its CEO Carlton Drake and asks for clarification about the trials. This confrontation causes him to lose his job.
Six months later, Brock meets Dora Skirth, a scientist from Life-Foundation who wants to help Brock to expose Drake. While breaking into the facility, he sees Maria, a homeless woman, an acquaintance of his. While trying to save Maria, a black, sentient symbiote enters his body. After this incident, Brock starts to develop strange symptoms.
Venom shoots for gritty and dark atmospheres, but its effort does not translate well into the story. The movie can sometimes feel goofy, with its ridiculousness and misguided landing on the several plot points. The action scenes are adequate, but nothing remarkable. The visual is nothing special and uninteresting. The direction is barely able to glue the scenes together.
However, the actors are decent in making the characters alive. Tom Brady is wickedly fun to watch as Venom, and Riz Ahmed makes a believable and cold villain as Carlton Drake. However, its plot and character development do not help the progression of the story, which makes the performance of the actors and the characters rather pointless.
For fans of Venom who just want to see a standalone of their favorite character, this movie will give them a decently fun experience. But for those who expect more, whether good action scenes, a refreshing take on the antihero genre, or even just good writing, this movie might not be enjoyable or even tolerable to watch.