VENOM (15) Two stars

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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

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