VENOM:  Let There Be Carnage – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 30 mins.

This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

DIRECTOR:  Andy Serkis

WRITERS: Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy

STARRING:  Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Naomi Harris

Welcome back to the bizarre and crazy world of VENOM, as his host Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), is searching for a way to reignite his journalist career, choosing to venture into the insane world of serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) to see if he can find out where all the bodies are buried…literally!

And if that’s not enough to make your skin crawl, it seems that poor Cletus has been separated from his one true love, Frances Barrison (Naomi Watts) for some time now, as they both long to be together, as what’s better than two crazies, with super-powers and psychotic tendencies, right?

As Eddie attempts to get his life under control, as best he can, it seems that his old love Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) has found a way to move on too, as she’s not taking on Venom, for the rest of her life either, leaving Eddie with broken heart, he can’t seem to mend…

But when Cletus seems to defy nature at his execution, becoming Venom’s nemesis Carnage, watch out world, as this is going to be an all-out brawl of epic proportions, as we see who is going to be the last man/creature standing…

I give VENOM:  LET THERE BE CARNAGE a rating of 7 out of 10: 

As sequels go, this one is pretty good, although I think you will find that the scene at the end of the credits, much more exciting, than this entire film!  I love Tom Hardy, and he is good again, playing our favorite journalist, that lives with the smart-ass creeper Venom inside him.  But I also must share at this that I enjoyed the original Venom film 100 times more, than I did this one!  Woody Harrelson is good too playing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who gets to take a crack at being the host for the venomous Carnage along the way too, but I was hoping for so much more from him in this particular role, than what ended up on screen.  Williams does a good job too, returning as Eddie’s love interest, but once again, there isn’t too much material for her to really work with, as Venom and Carnage are the key components in this not-too-long Marvel universe tale.  I wished too that Naomi Harris would have been given more material throughout, as besides her crazy persona, and deafening super-power, she doesn’t really get to flex her acting prowess too much on screen either.  I also find these films to be so full of CGI with the creatures involved, that I can’t find myself getting in the groove with any of the characters, but with that said, how else do you do a Venom, since he is literally living inside his host/friend for survival.  I found myself wishing too along the way with this film, that since Tom Hardy was one of the forces behind writing it, he would have given himself a few more memorable scenes, to cement his role as Venom.  But sadly, those never arrived either.  All in all, if you love Marvel movies, and enjoy Venom and his crazy slap-stick antics, then you are going to want to head out to the theatre this weekend to catch this one on the big screen.  But, if you, like I, aren’t totally as sold on Venom, as you are on Tom Hardy’s other performances, then you might want to wait and catch this one on DVD or streaming, once it’s left the theater, because right now, the only way you are going to catch Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is at a theater near you!

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