By: Lana K. Wilson-Conbs
Thank goodness for Tom Hardy.
He’s the glue that keeps the new Marvel superhero movie, “Venom”
from falling apart.
In “Venom,” Hardy (“Dunkirk”) plays Eddie Brock, a star investigative reporter who works for a major television station in San Francisco.
Not only does the public adore Eddie because he fights for the rights of the little guy, but so does his fiancée Ann (Michelle Williams, “The Greatest Showman” and “Manchester By the Sea”).
Things begin to spiral out of control for Eddie when his boss (The talented Ron Cephas Jones, TV’s “This is Us”) assigns him to interview geeky billionaire Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed, “The Sisters Brothers” and “Night Crawler”).
The craziness begins once Eddie gets a tip from one of Drake's employees, Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate, TV’s “Bob’s Burgers” ) that Drake is doing some real freakish things in the science lab like fusing the DNA of poor, homeless people with aliens.
When Eddie confronts Drake on live TV, about his outlandish scheme, he gets ticked off and immediately ends the interview.
Drake is a powerful person and wields his influence wisely. Eddie’s hunch about Drake’s nefarious ways isn’t good enough to convince his boss about the story. He needs facts. When Eddie can’t provide him any, he’s fired.
Now, Eddie’s once perfect life is crumbling down fast. He’s behind on his mortgage and Ann has left him for the tall, dark and handsome Dr. Dan Lewis (Reid Scott, TV’s “Veep”).
Desperate and in need of answers, Eddie breaks into Drake’s lab and becomes infected by a parasite—an alien symbiote—which takes over his body. He soon develops these super-human abilities and a violent alter-ego known as Venom.
Fortunately, Eddie learns to use his newfound powers to help stop Drake’s twisted and sinister plan.
What’s most enjoyable about “Venom” is its simple and straight forward plot and that it doesn’t take itself so superhero seriously.
Hardy is a good fit and brings an awkward coolness and welcome doses of humor to the role especially when he’s forced to unleash all that venom.
Although this is Marvel’s first “Venom” installment--the character made its cinematic debut in 2007’s “Spider-Man 3”--it may not meet die-hard Marvel fans lofty expectations.
However, for those new to the Marvel Universe, it’s a promising introduction.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.