VENOM (15) Two stars
Ruben Fleischer, director of Zombieland and Gangster Squad, masterminds this big-budget spin-off from the SpiderMan universe, which introduces us to one of the webslinger’s most fearsome adversaries.
Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), director of the mysterious Life Foundation, acquires amorphous extra-terrestrial matter called a symbiote, which has the ability to fuse with a host, creating a more powerful single entity.
Using vulnerable people as test subjects, Drake secretly experiments with the symbiotes, which alter the human host’s personality.
Tenacious investigative journalist Eddie Brock is played by British actor Tom Hardy, whose girlfriend Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) works for a firm which represents Life Foundation. When he investigates Drake he comes into uncomfortably close contact with one of the symbiotes.
As a result, the entity fuses with Eddie. His body undergoes sudden transformations and he hears a chilling voice in his head.
Slowly morphing into a hideous creature called Venom, Eddie attempts to keep control of his faculties but each spectacular battle brings him closer to surrendering to the dark side of his emotions.
Tom Hardy stars in the latest marvel film Venom, a spin-off from the Spiderman movies