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  • Aug 14, 2009
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 This was a film I had been wanting to see for a while.  For some reason, I just hadn't gotten around to it, but finally the film was free on HBO ONDemand and I got to see why The Incredible Hulk was... incredible.  Sure, it's no Iron Man, but the film does hold its own a whole lot more than Ang Lee's Hulk ever did.  This reboot actually had some great moments in it and of course the very subtle and not so subtle hints at S.H.I.E.L.D. and a certain someone's cameo at the end hinting at the formation of The Avengers.  This Hulk had what the other didn't and that was some really good actors.  Sure Liv Tyler is Liv Tyler, but guys like Ed Norton, Tim Roth and William Hurt are just so amazing.  And despite the fact that The Incredible Hulk wasn't a sequel to Ang Lee's film (even though I thought it was...oops), it does a terrific job re-telling the story of Bruce Banner and in a not so depressing way. 

When Bruce Banner (Norton) falls victim to a serious military experiment mistake, turning him into an uncontrollable giant green monster, he goes into hiding in Brazil, hoping to find a cure.  Banner doesn't get away so easy though. General Ross (Hurt), the man responsible for the accident in the first place, hunts Banner down with the help of Russian born British Royal Marine Commando, Emil Blonsky (Roth), with the intent of using Banner's DNA to create more super soldiers.  After being found, Banner sneaks back into America and locates his old girlfriend and daughter of General Ross, Betty (Tyler).  Now as Bruce and Betty race to find a cure, Ross and Blonsky ruthlessly continue their hunt, with Ross not being content until Banner is csptured.  What he doesn't know is that Blonksky is after something as well... Banner's power...

Just from the synopsis of Hulk you can tell that this version of the story actually had a good plot unlike Lee's version.  The characters were after something whereas in the other film it was more like, chase Hulk, Hulk Smash, chase Hulk some more, Hulk smash some more, it was no fun.  What I loved about director Louis Leterrier's version so much is that is really focused on the inner struggle Banner had with what was inside him, being something he didn't want.  The Incredible Hulk was a more human story, showing all sides of human nature; those who want power, those who are afraid of it and those who just don't want it.  Sure, in the end, Hulk is just another superhero movie, but like Iron Man and The Dark Knight, it was also a great human piece.

The Incredible Hulk also served as a great tie-in piece to future marvel films like The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers, with little hints towards these film placed throughout the movie.  I won't give anything away, but you should look out for them.  The one thing I will tell you is that this movie is full of Iron Man easter eggs, with a lot of military products having the Stark Industries label on them.  I would be really pleased if Norton did decide to reprise his role as Hulk in the Avengers film which is now sounding more and more as if he will.

The visual effects in The Incredible Hulk were outstanding as well; so much better than the 2003 film.  They were just so much more believable.  There is one scene where Hulk is standing right next to Blonsky and it looks incredibly real.  While some of it looked a little...much, most of the CG in this film was reallly good.  I think they did a good job making Hulk not as big as in the first film, making it a touch more realistic and also the effect of when Blonsky becomes the Abomination, that was a great piece of work.  I think they could have worked a little harder on the final battle, but it still was pretty freaking cool. That whole battle on the college campus was so sweet and the most realistic of the visuals.

Hulk and Blonsky Stare each other down

The Incredible Hulk is a huge step up from the 2003 Ang Lee film and if you are a superhero movie fan, is a must see.  While the film tells a great story, it also does a great job tying itself and the character of the Hulk into future films.  Right now Marvel is on such an amazing high with its films that I feel they can only get better.  While it doesn't stand as the best superhero film, it hold its own rather nicely.  You can pick up the film on Blu-ray or DVD and it is also available currently on HBO ONDemand.  4/5!
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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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