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  • May 6, 2012
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As I said before, the character of The Incredible Hulk is like instant pudding: impossible to screw up.  There can't be anything too difficult about a man who rages out into a giant green monster and tears up whatever is in his path.  In 2003 though, Ang Lee found a way with a slow as hell snoozer about monsters, daddy issues and other maudlin junk.  It might have picked up when Hulk was, well the Hulk but why did it have to be so DULL?

Enter 2008 with a fresh start on the Marvel series of movies now under the Disney banner, and say what you will about that, the movies have SIGNIFICANTLY gotten better.  That meant that The Hulk, one of Marvel's mainstays and biggest names would get a bit of a do-over on the big screen and it's no work of art, but it at least moves.

Forgoing the story we already know about Bruce Banner and his monster inside him, the movie picks up right away with Bruce toiling away at a bottling plant in South America where he has been sending a scientist blood samples in secret as a way of hopefully reversing his condition of turning into the Hulk when he gets angry.  A government task force headed up by Thunderbolt Ross again is on Bruce's trail and even has a decorated English soldier, Emil Blonsky in they're employ to help in the hunt.  The team finds Banner, The Hulk hulks out and takes out most of the task force and escapes but Blonsky and Ross continue the hunt for Hulk.

The movie continues on with Hulk trying to cure himself as Blonsky and his ego continue to try and improve his body with science to take down the big green man.  Needless to say it doesn't go well until Blonsky goes full monster and becomes the Abomination, a creature even more big, green and destructive then Hulk.

Bruce Banner this time is Ed Norton and I really scratched my head.  Maybe he was TOO mild mannered, or maybe after seeing The Avengers I'm too attached to seeing Mark Ruffalo as Hulk but I didn't care for Norton to be honest and maybe it's cause I'm just not a big fan of Norton's.  In the same vein I guess it's hard to replace Sam Elliot as Ross from the other movie with WIlliam Hurt but thankfully Tim Roth is always good to see as Blonsky.

Now, I haven't been the biggest Hulk fan, nor have I even seen the original TV show with Lou Ferrigno which is one of the reasons The Hulk is one of the bigger Marvel characters out there, and maybe second only to Spiderman in popularity but there is an undeniable charm to a big green man who can't be stopped and can smash pretty much whatever he wants when life has gotten him down. 

I also know that Hulk has had some pretty far out adventures, literally as he has gone to different worlds and battled aliens, even put on armor to be King Hulk or Skarr Hulk and his adventures are not only limited to Earth.  If we get more Hulk movies, I would like to see someone other then Thunderbolt Ross chasing him (unless Ross Hulks out and becomes the Red Hulk).  I would like to see Hulk battle Fin Fang Foom or Wendigo or maybe Leader.  That is one issue with a lot of comic movies is that they all stay on Earth or in the case of Thor, are ABOUT other places and go to Earth.

The Incredible Hulk isn't a masterpiece or "art" but that is more the 2003 film's motif.  This film is arguabbly more "Hulk" then that one and if an artistic taste has to be sacrificed for that regard in the name of mindless entertainment, then I think you forgot the superhero we are talking about here.
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June 09, 2012
Norton made such a powerful impression in "Primal Fear" that perhaps it is unfair to say that he hasn't done anything since that's measured up. Unfair maybe, but awfully tempting.
 
May 09, 2012
Excellent review, this was a good one.
 
May 06, 2012
Hulk like review! John is Hulk's friend! LOL
May 06, 2012
Hulk like this movie more then 2003.
 
May 06, 2012
Great pictures!
May 06, 2012
thanks. This review was a long time coming.
May 07, 2012
I am certain that it was.
 
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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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