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Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws


Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment and Pascal Pictures present a PG-13, 112 minute, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, directed by Ruben Fleischer, screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner with a theatre release date of October 5, 2018.


A United States spacecraft while entering the earth’s atmosphere starts to burn up and crashes in East Malaysia. On board were four organisms, all were found still encased in their cylinders except for one. All the astronauts on board were killed except for one.

In San Francisco, California, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a reporter and a damn good one at that getting into the thick of all his stories. His editor got him an interview with one of the richest and famous men alive, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) the owner of The Life Foundation. Carlton owns the company of which developed the American spacecraft that crashed in Malaysia. He was trying to seek better real estate in the galaxy since he believes earth only has a limited time before it dies. He also owns many pharmaceuticals that have caused death to many users but he kept that quiet. Quiet until Eddie confronted him with some information he found on his fiancée Annie’s (Michelle Williams) computer. Soon thereafter both Eddie and Annie lost their jobs and as for the wedding well it is off!

Apparently this organism that escaped the crash is transferable from host to host. Six months later Carlton Drake has decided to start running human trials at the foundation with the three organisms found on the crashed spacecraft. Isaac is the first human but not the last in these trials. As for Eddie he wanders the streets aimlessly thinking of Annie but when she pulls up to her apartment with her new doctor boyfriend Dan (Reid Scott) Eddie is standing outside her place staring at Mr. Belvedere her cat in the window. Let’s just say awkward!

Eddie meets up with Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate) in a store, she wants to remain anonymous about what she is about to tell Eddie for she fears for her life if the information comes out. Later when she sneaks Eddie into the foundation he recognizes one of the humans in the experiment but in trying to help her he becomes infected with the organism. Meanwhile the escaped organism is still loose but has a plan. As for Eddie he escapes the foundation but the chase is on and boy what a chase it is. Later the voice in his head tells him what he wants, food, drink, but mostly live food. Apparently Eddie has achieved symbiosis and as he becomes more accustomed to his inner friend nothing can stop him except for possibly another organism. What becomes a fight against good and evil the results will determine the expectancy of life on earth! There is so much that happens in this film besides what I mention in my synopsis but just remember not to leave the movie until the entire credits stop rolling.

I loved everything about this film. The direction, writing, acting, special effects, the battles and the uncertainty of what’s next will keep the audience interest from start to finish. Hardy totally controls this movie and is perfection from his nice guy moments to his not so nice but his humor is perfectly placed leaving the audience laughing hysterically. Williams is a perfect match with the drama mixed with humor in her lines every step is a great addition to Hardy’s role. Slate performs well enough for her part and Ahmed although somewhat young is a good evil cast. Scott does not have a huge role but plays an important one right next to the little dog in the hospital as well. I could definitely watch this film again and am sure to own it on DVD but that may be a while since I think the box office should do well with Venom.

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