WARNING: Spoilers for Venom, in theaters now, are ahead… If you haven’t seen the film, turn around now!
If there’s any one thing you can say about Venom, it’s this: it’s polarizing. It’s one of those films that people either seem to love or hate. It’s really just determined on what your perception of a good movie is. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s not as if you can point to too many entries in the pantheon of cinema that would be considered perfect films. For those who did enjoy it, which must be a lot due to the fact that it brought in over $205 million at the box office internationally, they seem to all agree that above everything else, it was entertaining.
For the folks who didn’t like the film, they like to point to parts of the movie that simply don’t make sense to them and plot holes that pop up throughout. One of the main points of contention is the fact that the symbiote Riot must move from host to host as a means to survive. It starts out attaching to the first-responder before moving onto the old Malaysian woman then to the little girl in the airport and finally to Carlton Drake. The plot hole people are pointing to is how could Riot stay bound to an elderly woman for six months? While everyone would like some sort of explanation, director Ruben Fleischer explains that it is simply a plot hole.
Speaking with Gamespot, the director was asked how the symbiote could possibly stay attached to her for that long. This is what he had to say:
“Our idea was that Riot was using up the life force of whoever he took, and then he jumped ship when he’d consumed them and then find a new host to carry him further on his journey. …Yeah, that’s a good question. That’s one of our few – hopefully – few logic bumps. But we had to have a passage of time in order to show Eddie’s downfall, and that was the one thing that doesn’t entirely track.”
It isn’t often you’ll hear a director be that candid about a flaw in the film’s logic, but Venom isn’t your typical movie. The creators wanted to make something big, something entertaining, and in most fan’s eyes, they were able to do that. He continued:
“But I like to think that old lady was going around murdering all throughout Malaysia, and she was just having a good old time just shooting shards through different people in Malaysia.”
Do you have a problem with his explanation? Let us know what you thought about the film in the comments!