A more accessible and less heavy-handed movie than Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk is a purely popcorn love affair...... more
A more accessible and less heavy-handed movie than Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk is 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 deranged 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 turning up late in the movie looks even cheesier. Norton is largely wasted in the film--he's essentially a bridge between sequences where he disappears and theHulk rampages around. As good an actor as he is, Norton doesn't have the charisma here to carry those scenes in which one waits impatiently for the real show to begin. --Tom Keogh
Advantages: Step up from the previous film. Norton rocks! Disadvantages: Quite violent and in parts bordering horror.
...Marvel took a very bold step with this film, any decision to perform a full re-cast of all actors is very brave considering this was the second Hulk film to be released. The first film simply called Hulk was the origin story and was a film that used split screen to give it a comic book feel, however it was far more cerebral in nature and so the film received a mix reception. That didn?t stop...
Advantages: Acting, Special Effects Disadvantages: soundtrack CGI
...ought needed explaining. The Hulk also lacked Sub plots and twists and although the story is entertaining I think that if they added more interesting twists in the story it would have made the film better. The Hulk is based on a comic book which was written by Stan Lee and the film did well to adapt the comic into a film. The screenplay is as good as the story it?s dramatic in places and it also has g...
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Review of Hulk (DVD)
Advantages: Some solid action and reasonable writing and direction. Disadvantages: A lack of characterisation and an effects-heavy finale.
...heroic brass. As a whole it?s a suitable but predictable score that drives the action forward.
?The Incredible Hulk? is a fun comic book movie with plenty of action that manages to be less than the sum of its parts. The direction is capable, the writing solid but unoriginal and the starry cast?s performances often feel underpowered. The effects are okay but nothing spectacular. So it?s a reasonable...