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A good follow up to the 2003 film, but not as convincing or as powerful as it...

  • Nov 9, 2009
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While the 2003  Hulk was a failure with  fans  this 2008 reboot  is stylish, fast paced, brutal, dark, powerful, smart  and  just all around fun. The Incredible Hulk is an amazing  step up from the firs tin action  and  in the brutal anger that is Hulk, but it lacks  in the  emotion department and is at sometimes  preposterous  and absurd. But ti makes up for that with mind blowing action  and a great story and plot to  keep it going.




The Incredible Hulk I was hesitant to see, I thought  with the cast change and the change of  the director   but after  I finally  saw the trailer I broke down and decided to see it. And now I'm glad I did, not only is this  film a major improvement in the action department  it improves on the  Hulk's designs as well. It's an all around great  comic book  with great  heart  and a good  moral too it, even a monster can be the good guy.





Edward Norton(Who is fantastic here.) Is just as good as Bana as the Hulk, maybe even a little better in some places. He a brings a very humble and less geeky quality than Bana did, he also brings to the table a more sympathetic and clever Bruce  Banner than were use to. Banner usual is  not as witty or as clever at getting out of tight spots as her is here and to me that is a major step up in the right direction.  Live Tyler(Who is all looks.) Is terrible as Betty Ross, while she has the attitude she lacks the power and the strength that Connelly originally gave to the role and is sort of an eye sore  in the film, but she does try hard and does good for the most part. Tim Roth(The man who almost stole the show.)  Is fantastic as the  smart and ruthless as   The Abomination the  rival of the Hulk. Roth really puts back the bad in bad guy   and shines above the rest as a key player in the film. William Hurt(Who is the true show stealer.) Is  utterly amazing as  General Thaddeus"Thunderbolt" Ross the obsessive  military head out to get Banner,  He brings the star power and the class and really helps boost the   style  and feel of this film.  But none the less the cast does a good job here and elevates this a little bit closer to comic book greatness.



The Incredible Hulk in my book can't surpass the original, but as a film it does  do that in some way and in some ways it doesn't.  It has the power and the angry nature that made Hulk well,  Hulk  but ti lacks in  the emotion department and the acting from some of the cast is less than   great. But all in all this film does fantastic and is one of the best Comic book films out there. All in all it delivers.
A good follow up to the 2003 film, but not as convincing or as powerful as it... A good follow up to the 2003 film, but not as convincing or as powerful as it...

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October 21, 2010
I liked both films to be honest, for different reasons but I like them both. Great review.
July 24, 2011
I liked them both too, but this was more action-packed and fun.
August 09, 2011
I agree with you on that point, this one was far more entertaining than the original but it also lacked the depth of character and true emotions of Ang Lee's version. I don't know, I guess I prefer slow and steady than quick and entertaining.
 
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A more accessible and less heavy-handed movie than Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk Louis Leterrier'sThe Incredible Hulkis a purely popcorn love affair with Marvel's raging, green superhero, as well as the old television series starring Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the beast within him. Edward Norton takes up where Eric Bana left off in Lee's version, playing Bruce (that's the character's original name) Banner, a haunted scientist always on the move. Trying to eliminate the effects of a military experiment that turns him into the Hulk whenever his emotions get the better of him, Banner is hiding out in Brazil at the film's beginning. Working in a bottling plant and communicating via email with an unidentified professor who thinks he can help, Banner goes postal when General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and a small army turn up to grab him. Intent on developing whatever causes Banner's metamorphoses into a weapon, Ross brings along a quietly der! anged soldier named Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who wants Ross to turn him into a supersoldier who can take on the Hulk. The adventure spreads to the U.S., where Banner hooks up with his old lover (and Ross' daughter), Betty (Liv Tyler), and where the Hulk takes on several armed assaults, including one in a pretty unusual location: a college campus. The film's action is impressive, though the computer-generated creature is disappointingly cartoonish, and a second monster ...
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Director: Louis Leterrier
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: June 13, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Zak Penn
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 52min
Studio: Marvel, Universal Pictures, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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