[Review] ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ is a successful sequel, packing in gore and comedy


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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is out now. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

Tatiana Ortiz, Arts & Leisure and Opinion Editor

On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, the highly anticipated Marvel movie “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” was released to theaters. This past weekend the box office ignited with $90M of opening revenue for this movie that started off the spooky month of October. Many Marvel theorists have been awaiting this spine-tingling sequel to the original Venom movie when it was teased at the end credits in 2018.

This movie truly embodied an eerie essence when it introduced the unnerving serial killer Cletus Kasady, played by actor Woody Harrelson. The opening scene is of an orphanage for unwanted children where Cletus and his beloved are conversing through a sewage pipe in the wall before she gets taken for redistribution.

Kasady then becomes entranced with the idea of reuniting with his first love; he becomes hyper fixated on reuniting with his shrieking sidekick. This villain origin story is intriguing and essential to understanding the murderer who would become Carnage, an evil, stronger offspring of Venom hosted in Cletus’ body. There are several flashbacks between the present Cletus’ and his damaged childhood self, which add clues to furthermore present him as a traumatized and dangerous character.

Not straying from the original story, Venom is still present and hosted inside Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy. He is still trying to salvage what is left of his journalism career while attempting to keep Venom’s identity a secret. Where they left off in the original Venom movie, Eddie was hiding from Anne that Venom was still alive after defeating Carlton Drake. More of the fan favorite side characters are still included and as well as new characters that can be essential to the future of the Venom series.

In this movie they do not shy away from the complicated brother relationship between the alien parasite and the troubled human. In this riveting sequel there are more comedic interactions between the two main characters that leave the viewers greatly entertained.

When presented with the opportunity to interview Kasady, Eddie is more than ready to peer inside the mind of the most cold-blooded killer in California. Kasady is a very unique, calculating and eccentric character. Harrelson portrays an unparalleled serial killer and encaptures the audience through his dialect. Viewers are sure to want more of this character’s twisted story.

Eddie and Cletus then have a physical altercation that results in the creation of Carnage through a single blood drop of Eddie that Cletus licked off his hand. When Cletus is inevitably sent to his death bed, the switch from human man to symbiote-infused killer happens almost instantly. This results in a search for Eddie, who sent him to his death bed, to seek his revenge.

The fight scenes in this movie are very theatrical and imaginative. All in all, Director Andy Serkis does a superb job at making Venom look detailed and displays humanistic emotions which causes the reader to fall in love with the anti-hero.

This action-packed sequel is fast paced and never leaves the viewer bored. Filled with comedy and thrilling scenes, this is a movie that does not disappoint and should be watched by any fan of the first movie in the series. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is rated PG-13 and can now be watched in theaters around the world.