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  • Jun 18, 2008
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They did a superb job redoing The Hulk from 2003.  Completely ignoring Ang Lee's version, this one makes one smashing and exciting movie!

The first action scene set the pace of the movie.  The chase through Rio in Brazil is pretty cool!  Although the hulk doesn't appear in full glory until later on, the first appearance of the green monster is done beautifully.  The shoe is a nice touch to the mysteriousness of Hulk's transformation.

With many references to other characters such as Thor, Captain America, The Leader, Doc Samson and Tony Stark (Iron Man), only few are really in the movie.  We see the genesis of Samuel Sterns' transformation to The Leader when he gets The Hulk's blood droplets into his wounded head.  The Leader might be the main villain in the sequel, if they'll make one.  The character development of other supporting characters is minimal.

What is beautiful about this movie is the fact that a big green monster can still be controlled by a feisty damsel not-so-in distress Betty Ross.  Norton and Tyler have a great chemistry on screen.  A love story where the two cannot be together no matter how much they love each other and how much they want each other.  "I can't.  I'm too dangerous to be around you." says it all.

For those of us who love actions will not be disappointed.  The last battle itself is really long, over 20 minutes I think.  They did a decent job on the VFX.  The Hulk in this movie is shorter than The Hulk in the 2003.  Capped at 9 feet, the big guy gets stronger and bigger when he gets more pissed off.

Louis Leterrier has done a great job directing.  This movie is fun and entertaining.  It will definitely win back all the fans who were disappointed with the 2003 movie.  Marvel has done it this year, 2 for 2!  Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk are both great movies.

The Avengers movie might be on the horizon soon.  With references from Iron Man and here, Marvel is cleverly interweaving all the super heroes together.  Can't wait for the day it comes out!

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March 01, 2009
Nice review. I haven't seen it yet but I've heard lots of positive things and plan on renting it. Loved IRON MAN of course and will probably buy that one.
 
February 14, 2009
This movie was great, although I found Iron Man more enjoyable overall. Both are classic superhero films that can be watched over and over again without it getting old!
 
February 04, 2009
The Ang Lee version of the Hulk was the strangest "action" movie I'd seen. I'm glad to hear that this one redeems the Hulk namesake!
 
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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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