Five Reasons You’ll Love It - October 3, 2018

Venom - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Venom - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Coming up with comic book villains is a complex business. Trying to create a character who is a worthy foe for heroes who possess super strength, mystical powers and god-like abilities is always a big ask. Sometimes writers come up short, but sometimes their quest for a bad guy leads them to create a character so iconic they transcend the original source material. 

That's certainly the case with Venom. Originally, the character began alongside Spider-Man. He's an alien parasite that needs a human host to survive, who, in return, the alien vests its victim with incredible powers. He fought Spidey over and over in the comics, always giving Marvel comics a sales spike. Eventually, it was decided he needed his own big screen adventure. 

For such a big character, you need an actor who is a big character in their own right. Enter Tom Hardy. 

In this movie, Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a journalist who begins looking into the work of Carlton Drake and his company The Life Foundation, who he believes are experimenting on humans. 

Through an accident at the foundation, Brock becomes bonded with an alien symbiote and becomes Venom. 

Starring alongside Hardy are Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson and Jenny Slate. 

Zombieland man Ruben Fleischer directs, working from a script from Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner and Fifty Shades Of Grey's Kelly Marcel. 

As the film arrives in cinemas, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love this madcap new adventure...

 

Tom Hardy goes all in...

 

Hardy's Eddie Brock is unhinged and unfiltered, he holds the film together superbly. 

 

There are some brilliant action sequences...

An explosive car chase, some powerhouse fights and a final reckoning that pack an almighty wallop. There are plenty of thrills to be found here. 

 

The transformations are a sight to behold...

The effects department have surpassed themselves on this one, the move between the creature and Hardy's Eddie Brock are incredible and disgustingly detailed. It's quite something...

 

Riz Ahmed is really enjoying himself...

Ahmed plays Carlton Drake, a scheming, icy cool, malevolent villain at the heart of the story. He's on great form throughout. 

 

Things are set up nicely to go again...

You'll get no spoilers here, but from the ending of this film, it's pretty clear that there are plans for another madcap adventure. 

 

Venom is out now in cinemas and is available to pre-order now on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Steelbook exclusive to hmv, click here for full details. 

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