Venom: Let There Be Carnage

2021, Action/Fantasy, 1h 26m

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A sequel aimed squarely at fans of the original's odd couple chemistry, Venom: Let There Be Carnage eagerly embraces the franchise's sillier side. Read critic reviews

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With tons of action, fun fight scenes, and plenty of comedy, Venom: Let There Be Carnage gives fans everything they'll be looking for -- plus a can't-miss post-credits surprise. Read audience reviews

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Movie Info

Eddie Brock is still struggling to coexist with the shape-shifting extraterrestrial Venom. When deranged serial killer Cletus Kasady also becomes host to an alien symbiote, Brock and Venom must put aside their differences to stop his reign of terror.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hardy
Eddie Brock, Venom
Reid Scott
Dr. Dan Lewis
Stephen Graham
Detective Mulligan
Woody Harrelson
Cletus Kasady
Peggy Lu
Mrs. Chen
Kelly Marcel
Screenwriter
Tom Hardy
Screenwriter
Avi Arad
Producer
Tom Hardy
Producer
Barry H. Waldman
Executive Producer
Jonathan Cavendish
Executive Producer
Ruben Fleischer
Executive Producer
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Marco Beltrami
Original Music
Oliver Scholl
Production Design
Joanna Eatwell
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Critic Reviews for Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Audience Reviews for Venom: Let There Be Carnage

  • 4h ago
    I mean, if you enjoyed the first Venom film this is more or less the same nonsensical big dumb super hero action film. I wish these films were good because Venom is such an iconic Spidey villain but my god, you can't make anything less inspiring in the genre than whatever this franchise has become. It's exactly what it wants to be and it panders to its very specific adolescent minded demographic.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2021
    Is it just me or is this like the movie Ted, but instead of Mark Wahlberg and a wisecracking teddy bear, it's Tom Hardy and a wisecracking symbiote. Just like the first, the best thing about this is Tom Hardy as Eddy and Tom Hardy as Venom, a slightly mellower version of their previous joint appearance. Woody Harrelson as Carnage is one of the worst performances I've seen from him. The wig was horrible. When he was in prison it seemed like he was trying to channel Heath Ledger's Joker and did a horrible job at it. This time, instead of feeling like a bad Spider Man ripoff, it felt like a more enjoyable Hulk movie. And just like in the Hulk, when he's fighting his invulnerable muscle bound nemesis, you just check out. No stakes, no tension, just a long wait until some random thing takes the bad guy down to a size that he can be easily dispatched. You'll enjoy this much more if you just think of it as a comedy. Not a comic book movie. Just an oddball comedy.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2021
    Did you like the first Venom? That answer will determine if you like the second. It goes all in on the goofy shenanigans of the first for better or worse. It's also very much not the Venom of the comics, going for more a snarky odd couple approach. Personally, I didn't mind, and I kinda liked it. It's far from perfect, and with Carnage as the villain it really should have been rate R, but the film is mostly fun. It takes a little while to pick up speed, but the Eddie/Venom dynamic is a lot of fun and Woody as the villain is superb. I liked it enough.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2021
    Let's start by jumping back to 2018. When Venom was about to be released, I had zero interest, and being a Spider-Man fan myself, that shocked me. I just didn't think a villain story that only exists because of Spider-Man could've worked on its own. To my surprise, while Venom wasn't a great movie by any means, I ended up having some fun with it. For that, I was certain they could improve on it with a sequel and Venom: Let There Be Carnage does just that. It's still not that good, but the novelties are cranked up to eleven and I had a blast with those elements of this film.  Picking up after the first film, Cletus Kasady's (Woody Harrelson) history with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is about to come to a head. With Kasady on death row and about to be executed, he stumbles upon a way to escape, which eventually turns him into the even more villainous Carnage. Hellbent on nothing but destruction, Carnage poses a real threat for Venom/Eddie. Other than a couple of surprises along the way, that's pretty much it for the premise. The movie wanted to pit Venom and Carnage against each other and it doesn't do anything except that. The fight and the journey to that fight is what made the movie worthwhile for me though.  Tom Hardy is one of the most gifted actors out there and his quirky performance with Venom (himself) is what sells these movies. If it wasn't for his commitment to this role, these movies would be absolutely terrible. On top of that, Woody Harrelson clearly knows the type of film he's in because every moment he's on-screen is a joy to witness. He doesn't have the same relationship that Venom has with Eddie, but that's also what made it more entertaining. His character is a murderess, evil convict, but Carnage is even worse. This makes for a climax that feels earned, even though the cast is just having fun most of the time.  The weakest portion of the first film for me was the fact that I didn't care about the relationship between Eddie and Anne (Michelle Williams). Her character was barely in the film, but you were meant to feel the loss Eddie had after breaking up with her. This time around, she's given a little more to do, but she also feels like she's more aware of the type of movie she's in. Even though the first movie was a little self-aware, they've now fully leaned into that. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is nothing but silliness, but it's very entertaining silliness.  Overall, Venom: Let There Be Carnage probably won't win anyone over who didn't like the first, but I'll still say it's a better movie as a whole. It's a very breezy 97 minutes and it doesn't waste any time with side plots. There are quite a few weird and bizarre scenes, but it works if you're aware they're doing it on purpose. Andy Serkis as the director here took the things that worked about the first film and just did more of that, leaving the excess in the past. If you're just looking for a simple, fun time at the movies, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is purely that. There is also a major post-credits scene that says a lot about the future of Marvel. I will give this one a mild recommendation.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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