Film Review: Venom; a good VR concept? (SPOILER ALERT)


I must be honest, I was not particularly looking forward to the release of Marvel’s latest production; Venom. I did not think anything of it until I was invited to watch it.

One look at the trailer and I felt like I would spend the majority of the film with my eyes closed (I am the most sensitive movie viewer on earth).

I was proven wrong. I enjoyed so much about the film, and will share my experience in the form of spoilers. So if you have not seen the film, now is the time I ruin it for you.

1. Characters
Venom is amazing! A Symbiote who uses Eddie Brock as his host goes from wanting to kill people, to helping save them from his kind. In hindsight, I do not remember being able to see this transition within the character. One moment he was all, “I will kill you if you do not co-operate,” and then all of a sudden, “Let’s stop that spaceship to save mankind!” However, the change shed my shame for liking him.

Of course, we all walked into the film expecting a hardcore super villain, but I did not leave the film with that perspective. I left with a soft spot for Venom. (I also could not stop imaging him as a Tekken character; I feel like he could put up some pretty cool juggling combos).

2. Conversation
The dialogue of the overall film was not impressive in any way. I felt that there was chemistry missing between Annie and Eddie – I thought she was his PA at first, and only realized they were engaged when she broke up with him.

I thoroughly enjoyed, though, the interaction between Venom and Eddie. It was comedic. The best part of their interaction is the first moment Venom speaks after inhabiting Eddie Brock’s body. Venom calls out Eddie’s name which is followed by a high pitch scream and Brock falling over into the bathtub. I got a fright when Venom spoke, but Eddie’s reaction had me laughing immediately.

3. VR
Now this may just be me, but whenever I watch movies I imagine different scenes as levels in a game. I think Venom could make an exciting VR game. From walking through Life Foundation’s laboratories and encountering Symbiote-possessed people, to high speed motorbike and car chases with bullets flying and drones exploding. Even fighting Carlton Drake and his men as Venom! I would definitely immerse myself into that game.

Before I started writing this I could not understand why it is only rated a 4 by IGN, but I have had to admit the film’s flaws. None of the flaws took away from the entertainment value of the film for me, though. I laughed a lot and did not flinch nearly as much as I thought I would.

What did you think of it?

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