(CNN)Two head-chomping symbiotes aren't amended than 1 successful "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," a mind-numbingly tiresome sequel, filled with uninspired drama and a CGI monster combat that seems to resistance connected forever. Although this falls nether the Sony umbrella, it represents astir toothless endeavor nether Marvel's banner since its cinematic march began successful 2008.
Tom Hardy produced and shares communicative recognition successful summation to starring successful this follow-up to the 2018 film, with Andy Serkis sliding into the director's seat, having antecedently helmed the effects-heavy "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle."
Serkis' dexterity successful the realm of motion-capture performances doesn't construe into this endeavor, arsenic the movie fundamentally pummels the assemblage for 90-some-odd minutes.
In expanding connected the original, the bosom of the movie becomes a weird transverse betwixt Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and a buddy comedy, with Hardy's writer Eddie Brock uncomfortably sharing his assemblage with the perpetually bare alien symbiote Venom, having worked retired a strategy to power his ornery impermanent -- who keeps making demands similar "Let maine devour him!" -- by simply saying, "You unrecorded successful my body, you unrecorded by my rules."
Their unusual and strained symbiosis occupies a sizable chunk of the movie (at 1 constituent couples counseling is suggested), but it's not the driving information of the story. That belongs to the imprisoned serial slayer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson, mounting a caller modular for overacting), who during an brushwood with Brock manages to wound him, inhaling conscionable capable not-exactly-blood to make his ain monster, the red-hued Carnage.
While Brock wrestles with containing his interior demon -- and continues pining for his ex (Michelle Williams) -- Kasady gleefully unleashes his arsenic he/Carnage embark connected a sidesplitting and revenge spree seeking to reunite with his long-lost emotion (Naomie Harris), who possesses her ain superpower that's incompatible with the full symbiote thing.
Although Venom stems from Sony's surface stewardship of Spider-Man, the fearfulness underpinnings of the quality propulsion into darker territory, and if the archetypal conscionable hardly landed connected the tenable broadside of a PG-13 rating, that statement appears adjacent much questionable this clip out. Suffice it to accidental immoderate parents reasoning the comic big-toothed monster is due fare for younger kids should beryllium prepared to person them sleeping successful their rooms.
Granted, there's abstraction for edgier comic-book fare (see "Deadpool"), but "Venom" mistakes chaos for excitement. Then again, astatine slightest that mightiness explicate wherefore the rubric characters are truthful starved for brains, residing arsenic they bash successful a movie blessed with truthful fewer of them.
"Venom: Let There Be Carnage" premieres successful US theaters connected Oct. 1. It's rated PG-13.