In this Spiderman spin-off we get to meet Eddie Brock, a lovable investigative journalist that discovers a dark secret at the bio-engineering company Life Foundation. His life is thrown into turmoil when finds out that the company are keeping samples of symbiotic lifeforms. Discovered through classified documents on his fiancée Anne Weying’s computer who works as a defence attorney on a case for the company. Brock confronts the CEO Carton Drake about the deaths of humans in unethical human-trials and consequently he is fired from his television show and Anne is released from her law firm.
What follows is the action sequences promised in the trailer. The combat scenes feature some cool CGI effects; particular in the chase scenes. However the CGI effects aren’t enough to save the film from some action scenes feeling a bit – meh. It seems to drag the film along instead of being an enjoyable spectacle like the sequences we have seen in other Marvel films such as Deadpool.
What shines in every scene is Tom Hardy’s improvised acting that transforms some scenes from the predictable and mundane into the bizarre and hilarious. And his ability to reflect the ongoing relationship with symbiote that enters his body. The result is something unseen in film before; an ongoing battle between two mentalities of alien and human that conflict on every level. Hardy plays this out with precision, his every face grimace portraying the battle inside his body and mind. The other two characters in this are often shadowed and underplayed. Michelle Williams’s character isn’t given enough leg-room to really establish a lovable character, but she performs her role as good as can be expected. Then we have the villain played by the British actor Riz Ahmed who plays and cold and power hungry CEO who’s exaggerated role isn’t really believable.
It could have been better, but I loved the attempt. It kept me entertained until the end but it didn’t exactly leave me on the edge of my seat. But the comic scenes alone, coupled with Hardy’s acting will keep me coming back for more. If your fan of dark, stylish films, (dare I say DC esque) this could be your newest favourite title from the Marvel Universe.