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They are Venom: A review of ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’

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A column straight from the unorthodox mind of Jamie Miller. Often written during the middle of the night, Miller provides reviews of TV shows and movies, books, and details life through from his perspective (artwork by Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller

Hello Nightlighters, it is I “the autistic alliteration addicted antihero” Jamie Miller here with another issue of Nightlight. Now dear readers, as I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now I am a huge fan of comic books, from Marvel to DC to BOOM! Studios, I can’t get enough. One of my favorite antiheroes is Venom and one of my favorite villains is Carnage. Thus, when the first “Venom” movie set him up to be the villain in the sequel, I was ecstatic. I along with many other fans patiently waited for it to be released with baited breath. Well, now the wait is over, Venom is back… and there was carnage!

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” takes place a short time after the events of the first film. Eddie Brock is still bonded to the Venom symbiote, however, things are not all peaches and rainbows. Brock’s ex-fiancee is getting married to a man he can’t stand, he is being hounded by a hostile detective and the two are constantly arguing. However, all of this pales in comparison to what is to come. For you see, Brock is a investigative journalist, and as a result, he is sent to interview demented serial killer Cletus Kasady to find the location of his victims remains. However, due to a physical scuffle between the two, Kasady gains his own symbiote and along with his equally evil would-be love interest, the two begin to wreak havoc upon the city. The one hope for the people of San Francisco is for Brock and Venom to put aside their differences and become their city’s lethal protector once more. Though this will not be an easy fight…. and there will be carnage!

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” features new and returning stars. Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock) known from movies such as “The Revenant”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Star Trek: Nemesis”, Michelle Williams of “Dawson’s Creek” fame returning to the role of Anne Weying, Brock’s ex- fiancee and formidable defense attorney who is also one of the few people who knows Brock’s secret. Reid Scott, who is best known from “My Boys” as Dr. Dan Lewis Weying’s fiance who neither Brock nor Venom can stand, with the feeling being more than mutual. Peggy Lu also returns in the role of Mrs. Chen, a convenience store owner and a friend to both Brock and Venom. Joining the chaos are Woody Harrelson of “Zombieland” and “Natural Born Killers” in the role of Cletus Kasady, a demented serial killer who gains powers on an even higher level than Venom’s from the Carnage symbiote. Naomie Harris, known for playing the second Eve Moneypenny in Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies and “The Tomorrow People” in the role of Frances Barrison/Shriek Kasady’s love interest, is an equally demented maniac who posseses a sonic scream able to launch objects and people into the air. Stephen Graham plays the part of detective Patrick Mulligan, a gruff hostile police detective who has ties to Barrison’s tragic past.

I really liked this movie, everything seemed to move very quickly, though in this case it tended to work better than most. I refused to believe that Harrelson didn’t draw on his role from “Natural Born Killers” for this movie. The effects are very well done and the relationship between Venom and Brock is utterly hilarious at times. The only complaints I have are, like I said, it does tend to move really quickly though compared to the “Hellboy” film from 2019 it is far, far… far better. Here’s hoping that Mulligan will assume his role from the comics. It was also a bit odd to see them give Kasady affection for well… anyone, but all in all it was great, I give it a solid seven and a half torches out of 10.

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