Review: Venom plays it too safe, falls back on superhero cliches

Venom, starring Tom Hardy, is in cinemas now. Photo supplied.
Venom, starring Tom Hardy, is in cinemas now. Photo supplied.

In Marvel spin-off/reboot Venom, sketchy investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) puts his career and relationship with lawyer Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) on the line. 

After being ruined by scientist/super-mogul Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), Brock plans to exact his revenge. 

While investigating Drake’s dealing with alien symbiotes, he meets an out-of-this-world lifeform with an attitude and a thirst for blood. 

Hardy is without a doubt one of this generation’s most commendable actors, and valiantly attempts to breathe life into this otherwise formulaic superhero blockbuster. 

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Sadly, his acting choices and commitment to the role cannot make up for the film’s shortcomings. 

Supporting cast members including Williams, Ahmed, and Jenny Slate are given little to do. 

Venom’s under-utilised cast and cliched plotting poison the movie’s chances at leaving a lasting impression. 

Its similarities to superhero movies of the past (Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Hulk etc.) see it pale in comparison to others of today. 

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