FILM OF THE WEEK: Venom
Tom Hardy’s usual casting: a thuggish villain ready to cause criminal chaos everywhere he goes. Just take Peaky Blinders, The Revenant, Bronson....
But this time around, things are a little more complex in Marvel’s latest transferal of comic book character from script to screen.
Venom sees Hardy take on the role of anti-hero Eddie Brock, a do-gooder documentary journalist who sets out to expose shady businessman Carlton Drake, (Riz Ahmed, Girls, The OA) who he suspects of carrying out twisted experiments on the most vulnerable citizens within society, often at the cost of their lives. But when an insider at the so-called Life Foundation seeks out the obsessive reporter, she reveals that the lab has discovered what they call “symbiotes,” and that her boss, Drake, believes the key to human evolution is the union between mankind and the gruesome creatures.
Things quickly go wrong once again for Brock – who elsewhere in his life has argued with his partner (Michelle Williams, The Greatest Showman) and has fallen on hard times – becomes infected by one, taking on its strength and sentience. First things first, Brock must convinced the morally void creature within him to use their new combined power for good. Brook insists they will only “hurt bad people.” Before you know it, they unite to become ‘Venom’, and we can once again watch Hardy at home in a violent, action-packed role, but this time as the anti-hero. Take that, Spiderman.
In cinemas October 4
What’s next for Tom Hardy?
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What else is in the cinemas over the next week
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A Star Is Born
Movie star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) helps struggle singer Ally (Lady Gaga) find her voice , and the two grow close.
The Yellow Birds
Two soldiers Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Murph are forced to navigate the terrors of war together.
After a life of living locked in an attic, Anna begins to discover the dark, twisted secrets of her childhood.