Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - AINE O’CONNOR

Cert: 15A; Now show­ing

Ed­die Brock (Tom Hardy) is an in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist who loses ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing his girl­friend Anne (Michelle Wil­liams with dis­tract­ingly odd hair) when he ques­tions mil­lion­aire al­leged phi­lan­thropist Carl­ton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Things get worse, and bet­ter, when Brock merges with Venom, one of the alien life forms Drake has col­lected from space. Af­ter ini­tial con­flict of in­ter­ests be­tween host and alien, a new anti-hero is born.

Pac­ing can be an is­sue in first-in-a-se­ries films, and it is an is­sue in the first of Sony’s Mar­vel films. It takes a while to be­come the film the trail­ers lead you to ex­pect, and by then it’s quite late and it rushes im­por­tant parts of the plot, like why the alien is on earth and why he changed his mind. Still, it’s a lot of fun, once you’re over the weird­ness of Tom Hardy in a big fran­chise movie. Stay af­ter the cred­its.

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