As befits a vicious alien antihero, "Venom" is a Marvel origin story of a more cutthroat ilk. Based on the comic-book character created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie, this inaugural entry in Sony's hopeful new franchise begins nestled in formula and then gets appreciably wackier from there. Director Ruben Fleischer (2013's "Gangster Squad") embraces this alternately dark and waggish tone, making it easy for the viewer to check their close scrutiny at the door and simply go along for the ride.
Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is an outspoken television news journalist who finds himself in hot water when he confronts interview subject Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), CEO of bioengineering corporation Life Foundation, with classified information of unethical wrongdoing. Eddie loses his job over his actions, and so does attorney girlfriend Ann Weying (Michelle Williams), from whom he stole top-secret data. Six months later, Eddie has become a broken shell of himself, unable to get hired and unsure of his next move. Whether it be a blessing or curse, his life is irrevocably altered when Life Foundation scientist Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate) tracks him down with explosive information. Via his space program, Drake has brought to Earth symbiotes—that is, alien specimens which can only survive by attaching themselves to living hosts—and begun sacrificing the weak and needy on potentially deadly human trials.
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