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Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG13)

Starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham

Directed by Andy Serkis

Despite the brutal reviews (a lowly 30% on Rotten Tomatoes), the first Venom was a curious crowd-pleaser, earning over US$850 million (S$1.15 billion) worldwide. The sequel, helmed by Andy Serkis, is headed for the same hated-by-critics-loved-by-fans territory.  As before, the moments involving Tom Hardy’s struggling journo — and Ducati-lovin’ — Eddie Brock squabbling with his parasitic other half are delightful (there’s a funny recurring gag about chickens). Alas, the actors — including Woody Harrelson, revisiting his Mickey Knox persona from Natural Born Killers as serial murderer Cletus Kasady, a scene-stealer before being turned into a personality-free evil symbiote Carnage — are just placeholders for the blurry, soulless, dreary CG monster-on-monster bedlam. What’s really exciting is the end-credits sequence that hints at the long-awaited crossover from another fan-favourite Marvel character. (2/5 stars)

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