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This Hulk Smashes Good.

  • Nov 13, 2008
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When I was younger, I used to watch re-runs of the 1970's INCREDIBLE HULK television show. The show's executive producer, Kenneth Johnson, is a master storyteller and realized that if you tell a story that's nothing but action with no characterization, you don't have much of a story. I was excited to see Ang Lee's 2003 HULK movie when it was released in theatres, but like many viewers was disappointed. The film was a huge box office bomb and was stoned by most critics. After that, I thought that would be the last we would see of the Mean Green Machine on the big screen for awhile. But, Marvel wasn't ready to give up on one of their most famous characters soon announced plans for another Hulk film. They promised that the movie would be a better film and would relaunch the character into cinema stardom. The big wigs at Marvel believed in the project so much that they bet their future as an independent film company on it (IRON MAN was the other film that the studio hoped would turn them into a film studio of reckoning). At first I was skeptical about the project, but then I learned Ed Norton had signed on to star as Bruce Banner and I felt better about the whole thing. The result is THE INCREDIBLE HULK: an action comic-book movie full of character development that stays true not only to the spirit of the original comic book, but the beloved 1970s television show as well as loosely connecting with 2003's HULK.

The movie opens five years after HULK ended. If viewers will remember, the movie ended with Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) living in South America. He's (Edward Norton, now) still there and has been able to stay completely off the grid and below the radar, even though he has secretly been looking for a cure for his "disease". Correspondence with a Mr. Blue in the United States have made him very hopeful and he plans to visit Mr. Blue in the near future. However, those plans are thrown out of balance when the military, led by top soldier Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) and under the official command of Gen. Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), discover Banner's location and seek to bring him in. The confrontation is a disaster, Blonsky's troops are wiped out and Blonsky is critically injured. Meanwhile, Banner escapes and finds his way to the U.S. to meet with the love of his life, Betty Ross, and attempts to locate Mr. Blue in hopes of eradicating the monster within.

I really enjoyed THE INCREDIBLE HULK. It's not the best comic book/super hero movie ever made, but it is a good one and is just a very entertaining and exciting overall film. The acting is superb, the special effects are great, there's just the right temperance of character development and action, etc. The film does a superb job of synthesizing the previous incarnations of Hulk and uniting them together in a coherent whole that both geeks and casual film-goers alike can enjoy.

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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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