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Venom

Tom Hardy stars in the lead role in this "Spider-Man" spinoff, which focuses on the titular anti-hero, Venom.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 4 Oct 2018
Genre: Action / Horror / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Singapore
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Format: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, 2D ATMOS, 2D D-BOX

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Writer: Cinnamon Lion

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Watch this if you liked: "Spider-Man" movies

From playing Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" to now taking on a lesser evil via investigative reporter/alien host, Eddie Brock/Venom, this Sony-Marvel movie is worth the watch for Tom Hardy alone.

Always a delight when Hardy is on-screen - yes, including his Marlon Brando mumble-core speech impediment - we can't imagine anyone else who can dually yet perfectly play a pained man terribly down on his luck in love and life, and the psychotically belligerent Venom (voice acting included).

Sadly, the same can't be said for Michelle Williams' Anne Weying character - despite being portrayed as a smart lawyer - who seems to be based of the typical superhero love interest role mould, thus who exists merely to... exist. Hello, Gwen Stacy from the Sam Raimi "Spider-Man" movies?

"Nightcrawler's" Riz Ahmed who is set up to be like a sinister version of Elon Musk's visionary self is biotech billionaire Dr Carlton Drake. However, Ahmed also misses the potential to be truly great. His diabolic delivery in "Venom" seem to fall-short from almost getting to the edge of gritty brilliance. Also, Carlton Drake? Really? If you have an ethnic guy playing an important role, the least you can do is give him a name that suits the face, or pick another comic book villain who is not so obviously Caucasian in the comics.

The plot itself is very much a modern superhero infused take of Jekyll and Hyde, and if that widely reported issue of '40 minutes of the best parts being cut' Tom Hardy talked about in a recent interview meant that more scenes between Eddie Brock and Venom were the ones that ended up on the chopping block, that would have been a crying shame, as the movie could've benefited with more screen time given to that entertaining belligerent dynamic.

But whatever it is, Tom Hardy's dual performance alone definitely warrants a sequel, but please, oh, please, make it R rated next time. There are at least 5 inappropriate Venom tongue jokes alone we can think of that definitely could've worked in an R movie.

Cinema Online, 03 October 2018
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only