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09.10.2009

Silly us, we all paid millions of dollars to go see HANCOCK, then for the most part left decidedly disappointed. But because of our millions of dollars, we now have HANCOCK 2, the sequel that no one ever really asked for. Those behind the film seem to think they've created some sort of "cool mythology" that audiences want to see more of. Unfortunately, they fail to realize is that it’s the “cool mythology” that messed up the first film, which was just supposed to be about Will Smith being hilarious as a vulgar, homeless superhero.

But Peter Berg recently talked to MTV News briefly about the project and said, "Everybody's going to come back for a sequel.” He also hinted at a mysterious “third god” entering into the equation, and it’s promised to be a pretty big A-lister. I hope it’s Tom Cruise. I am not kidding. The man can do comedy, and should be doing more of it.

I’m not alone in thinking that the first film really didn’t warrant a sequel (financial motivations from the studio aside), right? Or is there a contingent of die-hard HANCOCK fans out there, just clamoring to unravel the mysteries of the hastily created HANCOCK universe? You tell me.

Extra Tidbit: Does "everybody" include Bateman?
Source: MTV

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7:31PM on 09/13/2009
I thought the first movie was great! Don't under stand why everyone was hatin on the comedy/seriosness of it. Any body can make a straight up super hero comedy
I thought the first movie was great! Don't under stand why everyone was hatin on the comedy/seriosness of it. Any body can make a straight up super hero comedy
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3:19AM on 09/13/2009

Keep whining, bitches.

Hancock was a pretty cool flick and it didn't merit all the NEGATIVE flack it received. It was funny, well acted and fresh. Why does everyone expect Dark Knight-type treatment to EVERY superhero movie these days?? They don't all have to be dark and brooding...it was meant to be fun. Ill def check out Han2.
Hancock was a pretty cool flick and it didn't merit all the NEGATIVE flack it received. It was funny, well acted and fresh. Why does everyone expect Dark Knight-type treatment to EVERY superhero movie these days?? They don't all have to be dark and brooding...it was meant to be fun. Ill def check out Han2.
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2:52PM on 09/11/2009
I'm looking forward to this, but does that mean that will smith is the clean cut hero now? kinda takes the edge off it, only one thing could save it...RELAPSE RELAPSE RELAPSE
I'm looking forward to this, but does that mean that will smith is the clean cut hero now? kinda takes the edge off it, only one thing could save it...RELAPSE RELAPSE RELAPSE
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2:05PM on 09/11/2009

REEEELAAAX!!

While I enjoyed the movie I wasn't crazy about it. Bateman made the movie as far as I'm concerned. I'd see part 2 if done right.
While I enjoyed the movie I wasn't crazy about it. Bateman made the movie as far as I'm concerned. I'd see part 2 if done right.
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10:15AM on 09/11/2009
"I want to know if they can explain the ALIEN ROBOT or whatever the hell that was that walked thru a crowd during the his and her fight downtown!"

It was a street performer on stilts, lol.

I'm looking forward to the sequel. Most people complained about the 3rd act taking itself too seriously, but I enjoyed the jump from comedy to drama. I'm also very interested in the mythology of this character. A sequel can surprise!!!
"I want to know if they can explain the ALIEN ROBOT or whatever the hell that was that walked thru a crowd during the his and her fight downtown!"

It was a street performer on stilts, lol.

I'm looking forward to the sequel. Most people complained about the 3rd act taking itself too seriously, but I enjoyed the jump from comedy to drama. I'm also very interested in the mythology of this character. A sequel can surprise!!!
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9:02AM on 09/11/2009
i actually enjoyed the first film...even though i dont know why. The whole idea of the homeless asshole superhero would have been the best ever if the script was handled right. Once the 3rd act kicked in i was done. Curious to see the 2nd one...but ill wait till it comes out on DVD.
i actually enjoyed the first film...even though i dont know why. The whole idea of the homeless asshole superhero would have been the best ever if the script was handled right. Once the 3rd act kicked in i was done. Curious to see the 2nd one...but ill wait till it comes out on DVD.
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7:28AM on 09/11/2009
Hancock was one of the best superhero movies ever, so can't wait.
Hancock was one of the best superhero movies ever, so can't wait.
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5:25AM on 09/11/2009
*raises hand high* Proud and shameless HANCOCK fan right here. A popular dark fiction writer from Providence, RI is also a fan, and I'm sure she'll be as excited as I am about this.
*raises hand high* Proud and shameless HANCOCK fan right here. A popular dark fiction writer from Providence, RI is also a fan, and I'm sure she'll be as excited as I am about this.
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3:13AM on 09/11/2009

Die-Hard Hancock fans!!!

Wooo!!! Hancock! I'm clamoring like you wouldn't believe.
Wooo!!! Hancock! I'm clamoring like you wouldn't believe.
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2:51AM on 09/11/2009
worst.movie.ever.
worst.movie.ever.
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1:16AM on 09/11/2009

yeah, it was bad, but...

Well, I say neutral ONLY because I want to know if they can explain the ALIEN ROBOT or whatever the hell that was that walked thru a crowd during the his and her fight downtown! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THAT WAS!?!?! I WAS NOT drinking during this movie. Though now that I think about it, that might have helped!
Well, I say neutral ONLY because I want to know if they can explain the ALIEN ROBOT or whatever the hell that was that walked thru a crowd during the his and her fight downtown! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THAT WAS!?!?! I WAS NOT drinking during this movie. Though now that I think about it, that might have helped!
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7:57AM on 09/11/2009
Haha! Yeah, I was well drunk during Hancock and kinda enjoyed it. And apparently that robot is some seaweed covered dude on stilts! [link]
Haha! Yeah, I was well drunk during Hancock and kinda enjoyed it. And apparently that robot is some seaweed covered dude on stilts! [link]
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12:54AM on 09/11/2009
Hancock was such a disappointment. I really liked the idea that started the movie and liked about 1/2 of it...but it all went way downhill after that stupid twist that established the "mythology"
Hancock was such a disappointment. I really liked the idea that started the movie and liked about 1/2 of it...but it all went way downhill after that stupid twist that established the "mythology"
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12:15AM on 09/11/2009
Hancock fucking sucked. Bateman was the only good part.
Hancock fucking sucked. Bateman was the only good part.
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11:55PM on 09/10/2009

Wouldn't it be cool if...

they turned out to be aliens from another planet and remain immortal until their heads get cut off. Just like Highlander. Except that was a great movie followed by a terrible sequel. Hancock is a terrible movie followed by a worse sequel, for sure.
they turned out to be aliens from another planet and remain immortal until their heads get cut off. Just like Highlander. Except that was a great movie followed by a terrible sequel. Hancock is a terrible movie followed by a worse sequel, for sure.
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11:51PM on 09/10/2009

It was flawed, bewildering at times...

But enjoyable. I'll wait until footage is released before I reserve judgment. =p
But enjoyable. I'll wait until footage is released before I reserve judgment. =p
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11:45PM on 09/10/2009

Great news

I am glad to see that not everyone on here hates the movie. I for one really enjoyed it and would love to see a sequel.
I am glad to see that not everyone on here hates the movie. I for one really enjoyed it and would love to see a sequel.
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11:42PM on 09/10/2009
I enjoyed the first movie, so I am all for a second one.
I enjoyed the first movie, so I am all for a second one.
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8:44PM on 09/10/2009

Sure, why not

As long as they iron out the mythology that they created, sure why not. Smith is always an enjoyable presence when he isn't hamming it up. [SPOILER] When Hancock is close to his wife, lover supposedly he loses his power which is why he was able to get dinged in the head thus the amnesia; however, example 1: when Hancock and Mary tore through downtown, neither one of them showed any weakness whatsoever. Example 2: He was able to fight the gang at the end in the hospital e.g. throwing one dude
As long as they iron out the mythology that they created, sure why not. Smith is always an enjoyable presence when he isn't hamming it up. [SPOILER] When Hancock is close to his wife, lover supposedly he loses his power which is why he was able to get dinged in the head thus the amnesia; however, example 1: when Hancock and Mary tore through downtown, neither one of them showed any weakness whatsoever. Example 2: He was able to fight the gang at the end in the hospital e.g. throwing one dude out of a wall while Theron was lying in the bed close by. [END SPOILER]
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8:15PM on 09/10/2009

Hmmm...

They should've brought the "mysterious third god" into the first one. I never really thought that the mythology screwed up the film but the lack of a credible villain and the overly abrupt switch from comedy to drama. Fix that and it's a done deal.
They should've brought the "mysterious third god" into the first one. I never really thought that the mythology screwed up the film but the lack of a credible villain and the overly abrupt switch from comedy to drama. Fix that and it's a done deal.
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8:05PM on 09/10/2009

I'm cool with a sequel

I only wished they hadn't edited from the R rating it was supposed to have. It's a shame they had to make concessions. Let Berg do Hancock 2 the way he wants to; with Smith, Theron, Bateman and the unknown A-Lister they will get people in the seats.
I only wished they hadn't edited from the R rating it was supposed to have. It's a shame they had to make concessions. Let Berg do Hancock 2 the way he wants to; with Smith, Theron, Bateman and the unknown A-Lister they will get people in the seats.
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6:30PM on 09/10/2009
it was funny in the beginning but became predictable in the end, and from the 1st movie you can guess this 3rd god/superhero is either going to try killing them,or try/offer finding a way to not lose their powers and be together. with all the other great movies coming out in the next 2 years, i dont see myself going to see this.
it was funny in the beginning but became predictable in the end, and from the 1st movie you can guess this 3rd god/superhero is either going to try killing them,or try/offer finding a way to not lose their powers and be together. with all the other great movies coming out in the next 2 years, i dont see myself going to see this.
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5:42PM on 09/10/2009
hancock only did well b/c people were itching for a will smith blockbuster that summer. i don't know if lightning will strike twice.

can we just get a new will smith action/comedy instead of sequeling hancock?
hancock only did well b/c people were itching for a will smith blockbuster that summer. i don't know if lightning will strike twice.

can we just get a new will smith action/comedy instead of sequeling hancock?
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5:35PM on 09/10/2009

Seriously?

Wow, it's hilarious to me how much hate someone can sling onto a movie when it fails to live up to the imaginary version of it that they dreamed up in their head before they saw it.

Hancock was a great movie that was a few SERIOUS missteps away from being great. The introduction of the "twist" was awkward, and it didn't at all fit in organically with the overall plot of the movie that had been going on up until that point. Once the awkward introduction passed though, the movie got it's legs
Wow, it's hilarious to me how much hate someone can sling onto a movie when it fails to live up to the imaginary version of it that they dreamed up in their head before they saw it.

Hancock was a great movie that was a few SERIOUS missteps away from being great. The introduction of the "twist" was awkward, and it didn't at all fit in organically with the overall plot of the movie that had been going on up until that point. Once the awkward introduction passed though, the movie got it's legs back quickly, and from that point on the mythology of the character (again, besides the terrible introduction to it) is handled well. It's one of the only Superhero films that actually explores the real-life consequences that a hero would have to deal with when incurring all of the enormous property damage that usually ensues during the battles commonly depicted in Superhero films/comics. Also, it provides for a very interesting picture into the psyche of an immortal; how being an immortal god-like being who is alone in the world actually affect a person's mind

So yeah, I'll definitely be in line for a sequel.
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8:56PM on 09/10/2009
how is someone's expectation of a movie imaginary and dreamed up if it is developed through the marketing of the movie and what they are shown? or do you think people formed their expectation completely independent of that? considering most people who disliked it seem to have the same disappointment, and not random expectations that had nothing to do with the movie and are completely different from one another -- which you would expect if people just imagined their own movie and dreamed up
how is someone's expectation of a movie imaginary and dreamed up if it is developed through the marketing of the movie and what they are shown? or do you think people formed their expectation completely independent of that? considering most people who disliked it seem to have the same disappointment, and not random expectations that had nothing to do with the movie and are completely different from one another -- which you would expect if people just imagined their own movie and dreamed up what it would be -- you have no point, not that that would be a good point either.
5:27PM on 09/10/2009

I can dig it.......

I am also one of the few that really enjoyed the movie. I would like to see more of the mythology and Will Smith smashing shit up. I'm game for a sequel.
I am also one of the few that really enjoyed the movie. I would like to see more of the mythology and Will Smith smashing shit up. I'm game for a sequel.
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5:22PM on 09/10/2009
Will Smith can seemingly sniff out hits like a bloodhound, so of any of the players involved, you'd think he'd be the one to know to avoid this.
Will Smith can seemingly sniff out hits like a bloodhound, so of any of the players involved, you'd think he'd be the one to know to avoid this.
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5:05PM on 09/10/2009
Mediocre movie gets a sequel. What is new?
Mediocre movie gets a sequel. What is new?
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5:02PM on 09/10/2009

Bloody Hated It

I hated, hated, hated the first. i felt the early comedy scenes were forced and awkward, and once that turn comes into play, i was a little intrigued, but they do nothing with it, and the ending shoot-out and his terrible running jumping crap was laughably bad. I have no faith in this.
I hated, hated, hated the first. i felt the early comedy scenes were forced and awkward, and once that turn comes into play, i was a little intrigued, but they do nothing with it, and the ending shoot-out and his terrible running jumping crap was laughably bad. I have no faith in this.
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4:59PM on 09/10/2009
one of the few that loved the flick... the beginning was def better than the latter half, the first half had all the great comedy! Looking forward to the sequel
one of the few that loved the flick... the beginning was def better than the latter half, the first half had all the great comedy! Looking forward to the sequel
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4:33PM on 09/10/2009
I thought the movie was pretty good and funny up until the point you [SPOILER] find out Theron was a person with super powers as well. That took the fun and originality out of the whole movie. I absolutely hated it and really left disappointed. Hopefully this sequel bombs..
I thought the movie was pretty good and funny up until the point you [SPOILER] find out Theron was a person with super powers as well. That took the fun and originality out of the whole movie. I absolutely hated it and really left disappointed. Hopefully this sequel bombs..
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4:14PM on 09/10/2009

H2

It's always about the numbers, with every movie. It's obvious the people WANT another Hancock movie because of the financial success of the first one. Same with District 9, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Bad Boys. The movie ticket counts as a vote. Sell enough tickets, or votes, you get another movie. Simple.
It's always about the numbers, with every movie. It's obvious the people WANT another Hancock movie because of the financial success of the first one. Same with District 9, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Bad Boys. The movie ticket counts as a vote. Sell enough tickets, or votes, you get another movie. Simple.
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4:09PM on 09/10/2009

H2

It's always about the numbers, with every movie. It's obvious the people WANT another Hancock movie because of the financial success of the first one. Same with District 9, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Bad Boys. The movie ticket counts as a vote. Sell enough tickets, or votes, you get another movie. Simple.
It's always about the numbers, with every movie. It's obvious the people WANT another Hancock movie because of the financial success of the first one. Same with District 9, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Bad Boys. The movie ticket counts as a vote. Sell enough tickets, or votes, you get another movie. Simple.
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4:05PM on 09/10/2009

Bateman

The first one was only bearable because of Bateman, and if he returns I'll probably see a second. It'll probably just be another two hours of his significant other cheating on him though. Between this and Extract, seems like Bateman needs to learn to smack a hoe.
The first one was only bearable because of Bateman, and if he returns I'll probably see a second. It'll probably just be another two hours of his significant other cheating on him though. Between this and Extract, seems like Bateman needs to learn to smack a hoe.
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3:42PM on 09/10/2009
does everyone include the guy who gets another guy shoved up his a**?
does everyone include the guy who gets another guy shoved up his a**?
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3:38PM on 09/10/2009
Pretty big A-list actor hmmmm... Samuel L. Jackson?
Pretty big A-list actor hmmmm... Samuel L. Jackson?
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3:25PM on 09/10/2009

I am down

I was one of those did enjoy it and thought is was a great original origin story for a superhero.
I was one of those did enjoy it and thought is was a great original origin story for a superhero.
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3:24PM on 09/10/2009

I am down

I was one of those did enjoy it and thought is was a great original origin story for a superhero.
I was one of those did enjoy it and thought is was a great original origin story for a superhero.
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3:18PM on 09/10/2009

Bring it

Count me as someone who really enjoyed the mythology part and hoped it did well enough to warrant a sequel. I loved watching a superhero movie where I didn't already know the backstory. More, please!
Count me as someone who really enjoyed the mythology part and hoped it did well enough to warrant a sequel. I loved watching a superhero movie where I didn't already know the backstory. More, please!
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2:57PM on 09/10/2009
I really enjoyed the first one. Especialy with Bateman, really love how that guy plays.. So, come on part 2!
I really enjoyed the first one. Especialy with Bateman, really love how that guy plays.. So, come on part 2!
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2:45PM on 09/10/2009

why not

While I don't think the first one was amazing or anything I did enjoy it and wouldn't MIND a 2nd one so why not. I'll check it out.
While I don't think the first one was amazing or anything I did enjoy it and wouldn't MIND a 2nd one so why not. I'll check it out.
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4:46PM on 09/10/2009
Completely agreed, what ruined the first was the aforementioned "mythology" and that overly dramatic last act.

And I'm glad that sex scene didn't make the final cut (the one in the unrated version) - it was beyond unfunny and would have given people even more reason to dislike the film.
Completely agreed, what ruined the first was the aforementioned "mythology" and that overly dramatic last act.

And I'm glad that sex scene didn't make the final cut (the one in the unrated version) - it was beyond unfunny and would have given people even more reason to dislike the film.
2:38PM on 09/10/2009
f'in better mean Bateman.
f'in better mean Bateman.
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2:38PM on 09/10/2009
i was too busy watchnig the dark knight in theaters to really notice/care about hancock.
i was too busy watchnig the dark knight in theaters to really notice/care about hancock.
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