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A Good But Nowhere Great Adaptation

  • Oct 27, 2008
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I'll agree that Ang Lee's 'HULK' (2003) was a poor attempt but I was not inspired by this movie at all. Going up against 2 of the greatest comic book movies in the same year (Iron Man & The Dark Knight) doesn't help 'The Incredible Hulk' but the #1 problem with this movie is how few chances this movie takes. None of the casting choices are great (although none are poor), and the script is so blah it's the kind of movie that you want to just sit down, veg and not think too much about.

At the beginning of the movie we get a quick rundown of how Bruce Banner became the Hulk, we see he's on the run and General Ross is going after him. Ross is commissioned Emil Blonsky (who later becomes the Abomination) who help lead the team to get the Hulk and there is a weak love story with Banner and Ross' daughter Betty Ross (played by Liv Tyler). Possibly worse than the script is the pitifully weak acting by said Tyler. In the comics Betty was always a stronger character but here she is the mega damsel in distress. She is supposed to be a Phd. but she's very wimpy and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. Norton is acceptable but he's 10 years since his amazing 'American History X' role and he's subdued but nothing special.

The thing that is special is the CGI which is fantastic. The last 15 minutes of the movie is a CGI tour de force and it's amazing how computer work gets better every 6 months or so. Much more believable than the 2003 Hulk movie this is a grand accomplishment.

If you want a popcorn movie that is just something to watch and you can leave your brain on the shelf this is nice. If you are looking for a comic movie to compete with the classics like Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Superman, Spider-Man 2 you will be disappointed.

*** 1/2 RECOMMENDED

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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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