Movie Review

Venom Movie Review

Banner Name: Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment
Producer:  Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Matt Tolmach
Director: Ruben Fleischer
User's Rating

8/10

Critic's Rating

8/10

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Certified Type:  U / A
Music Director: Ludwig Göransson
Editor: Alan Baumgarten , Maryann Brandon
Language: English
Art Director: Christophe Couzon , Doug Fick
Story Writer:  Jeff Pinkner , Scott Rosenberg
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique
Story Details

While exploring space for new habitable worlds, a space probe belonging to bioengineering corporation Life Foundation discovers four symbiotic lifeforms and brings them back to Earth. One escapes in transit, causing the ship to crash in Malaysia, but the Life Foundation recovers the other three and transports them to their research facility in San Francisco. Its CEO, Carlton Drake, becomes obsessed with bonding symbiotes to humans to prepare humanity for Earth's inevitable ecological collapse, and begins illegally experimenting on vagrants, resulting in numerous deaths – including one of the remaining symbiotes – and attracting the attention of investigative journalist Eddie Brock, who arranges an interview with Drake through his girlfriend Anne Weying, a lawyer affiliated with the Life Foundation. Against instructions, Brock confronts Drake with confidential materials indicating wrongdoing that he stole from Weying's e-mail, leading to them both being fired from their respective jobs and the end of their relationship.

Six months later, Brock is approached by one of Drake's scientists, Dora Skirth, who disagrees with Drake's methods and wants to help Brock expose him. With her aid, Brock breaks into Drake's research facility to acquire evidence from his crimes, in the process learning that an acquaintance of his, Donna Diego, has become one of Drake's subjects. Brock attempts to rescue her, but Donna attacks him and the symbiote possessing her transfers from her body to his, killing her in the process. Brock manages to escape, but soon begins displaying strange symptoms and reaches out to Weying for help. Her new boyfriend, Dr. Dan Lewis, examines Brock, discovering the symbiote and learning that it is vulnerable to noise. Meanwhile, Drake kills Skirth for her betrayal by exposing her to the remaining symbiote, leaving Brock's symbiote as the sole surviving specimen.

Others Comment:
The problems with this character are easily identified – and Venom has only one character, really; the rest just hover in the background, occasionally making a noise. He’s passivity is debilitating. Not once does he take the charge – stuff’s always happening to him. He’s the one who gets dumped, he’s the one who chooses not to interfere in a mugging, and he’s the one who gets infected by the symbiote and then basically assumes a submissive position in their co-dependent relationship.
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Technical Department

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Direction 8
Editor 7
Casting Producer 8
Art Department 7
Music Director 7

Technical Department

Rating
Story Department 7
Choreography 7
Cinematography 8
Graphics 8
Field Publicity 7
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