Venom, the new addition to the ever expanding superhero genre, starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed hit cinema’s this month and after much buzz about it’s production having an R rating we are hit with the dulled down dreaded PG 13 cut. Ruben Fleischer, who has proven himself completely capable of horror comedy with the outstanding Zombieland, sits in the directors chair for this unfortunate misfire.
The film follows the character of Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who is an investigative journalist. Whilst reporting on ‘The Life’ Foundation, an organisation that has some shady secrets, Brock is exposed to an alien symbiote which begins to overtaking his whole body.
This Marvel film from Sony is unfortunately the newest in a stream of censorship casualties which, despite its greatest efforts, seems to miss the mark on almost every level. The banter between Eddie Brock and the symbiote, Venom, is quite strong but it’s the surrounding characters that fail to come to the party in what could have been a great addition to Sony’s Spiderman side of the Marvel universe. Had the deals been struck to incorporate this into Spiderman the PG 13 rating might have been justified but to cut reportedly almost 40 minutes of what, one can only assume, is worthy story content leaves me scratching my head.
The edit is noticeably scrambled and the violence lacking on what ultimately could have been a great horror comedy.
Like the fan boys screaming for the non-existent ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League I can’t wait to see the uncensored director’s cut. Who knows there could be a good film under all the mess.
2 out of 5 Birds from me. – Jason
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