LET THERE BE CARNAGE is a fun watch and better than the first movie in the franchise. Definitely a must see for Marvel fans.

Venom – Let There Be Carnage Review {3.0 / 5} and Review Rating

In 2018, we saw the release of VENOM starring Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who hires a symbiote to become Venom. Now, years later, we see the release of VENOM: LET THERE CARNAGE, a sequel to the first film featuring the race of symbiotes. But whether the new film in the franchise will appeal to audiences is the question.

Venom Movie Review - Let There Be Carnage (English)

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE follows the story of Eddie Brock trying to relive his failed career, while at the same time struggling with his symbiote to maintain a sense of normalcy. In the midst of his chaotic life, Brock receives a peculiar invitation from the serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) on death row. The police ask Brock to talk to Kasady and find out where he hid his victims. An unexpected visual etching on his visit to Kasady reveals the mysterious location Kasady used to hide his victims, eventually increasing Kasady’s sentence. Angered by this, Kasady sends Brock a note inviting him to witness his end, as he was the one who arranged it. In his second encounter with Kasady, Brock is bitten by the serial killer who unintentionally comes into contact with a symbiote, thus giving Carnage existence. Now combined with Carnage, Kasady wants revenge on those who have snubbed him. Will Brock and Venom manage to subdue Kasady and Carnage, or will the latter two dominate the journalist? It’s what makes up the rest of the movie.

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE begins with a 1996 montage that features key characters from the film such as Frances Barrison (Naomie Harris), Cleatus Kasady, Patrick Mulligan (Stephen Graham). After introductions and a bit of backstory, the film continues with the main character Eddie Brock and his Venom symbiote detailing his struggle to regain his stature in the world of journalism. From there, the film fast-forward to Kasady and Brock’s meeting, in which Kasady comes into contact with a symbiote that brings Carnage to life. From here, the pacing of the film dramatically quickens as a cat and mouse chase begins involving all of the characters featured thus far. Director Andy Serkis has done a good job directing. Even though there are multiple story tracks running simultaneously, it manages to merge them seamlessly for a pleasant viewing experience. It is necessary to note here that although the film is still quite dark, it has much lighter moments than the first film. In fact, the constant banter between Brock and Venom adds some light and funny moments to the film.

Speaking of acting, Tom Hardy has once again demonstrated his excellence as a strong actor, perfectly portraying a man torn between what he wants to do, what he has to do, and what he’s made to do. Woody Harrelson as Cleatus Kasady AKA Carnage has also done an exceptional job in his role. Harrelson manages to portray an air of threat even behind bars in a guarded room. His play on expressions, voice modulation and, of course, his acting talent give substance and life to his role. Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison is doing well, but she seems to be very underutilized, especially since she could easily have crippled both Venom and Carnage if given the chance. However, on the other hand, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying seems to have a more substantial role in this movie compared to the first one. In fact, he plays a pivotal role in the movie that helps move the story forward.

Since VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE is an action game that features aliens, CGI is likely to be used and there is a ton of it. However, despite being high in CGI content, the film’s images appear smooth and clean. A commendable job done by the VFX department that has maintained a sense of realism when executing action sequences. A special note should be made here for the action team to maintain the physics of the film, which remains true despite the gravity-defying stunts. Regarding the background score, Marco Beltrami, as a composer, has done well to lend the images a captivating track that elevates the viewing experience.

Overall, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE is a fun watch. Better than the first film in the franchise, VENOM 2, which takes the character’s story forward to interconnect with another major franchise, is something Marvel fans should definitely see. At the box office, the movie likely has its fair share of collections.


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