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The Incredible Hulk (2008)
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Review Date: November 18, 2008
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Zak Penn
Producers: Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Gale Anne Hurd
Actors:
Ed Norton as Bruce Banner
Liv Tyler as Betty
Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky
Plot:
Scientist Bruce Banner got messed up by some gamma rays back in the day and is now on the run from the government and hiding in the slums of Brazil. Despite the hotties in the area, Bruce bails as soon as the US government closes in on him, and returns to the States in order to see his honey-bunny and attempt a return back to normal. You see, whenever he gets angry…he turns into this giant green monster called the Hulk and ends up smashing everything in sight. Kinda like me every morning. Tons of smashing ensues!!
Critique:
I was one of the few people who apparently didn’t completely hate the original HULK film, as created by Ang Lee, back in 2003. Maybe it’s because I’m just a fanboy at heart, maybe it’s because the Hulk has always been one of my favorite comic book characters, or maybe it’s because I wasn’t necessarily expecting an all-out “Hulk smash!!” movie, but whatever the case, I thought the film had its issues, but all in all, was a good time and other than its final 10 minutes which were horrible (and Nick Nolte altogether), featured a great intro to the character. Obviously, many people disagreed with me, so this time around, TRANSPORTER 2 director Louis Leterrier came into the picture, armed with new actors across the board, a “re-imagining” and yes…the Hulk smashing the shit out of a lot of things over the duration of the movie. I enjoyed this picture as well, but I can’t say that I was entirely blown away by it. I thought its pacing was ideal, the acting and directing, solid all around, and the action sequences, a ton of fun – especially when the Hulk would pick up an item and toss it into oblivion like it was the weight of my socks – but I didn’t connect to the characters as I did in the first film, particularly not to Bruce Banner and the love of his life, Betty Ross, as played by Liv Tyler here.

I think the producers of this go-around obviously chose to concentrate on the “action stuff” rather than the character development, which is fine, but if you’re looking for a combination film in the same vein as SPIDER-MAN and such, you won’t find that here. That said, if you love videogames and enjoy watching two massive monsters kicking the beejesus out of one another, THE INCREDIBLE HULK is for you and then some! Despite the film’s final 20 minutes featuring all-out action between the Hulk and his monstrous adversary, there were several moments during this massive brawl that I was taken out of the film because I was basically watching two CGI characters wrestle around on the screen…you know, kind of like those scene transitions in today’s videogames? In other words, I was like, “Am I watching a movie or a videogame here?” and I think the introduction of that question into my feeble brain, was probably not a good thing, considering that movies are supposed to engage you in characters and everything.

That said, I was engaged throughout most of this film because I like the story of Bruce Banner/Hulk, and everything moved along nicely. Tim Roth and William Hurt also brought their respective A-games to the show, while Norton did a fine job as Banner, although it didn’t really feel like he was in the film all that much, since “the Hulk” seemed to appear more than he did (again, I don’t really have a problem with this though). The CGI stuff was pretty much like it was in the first film, which was acceptable, but certainly not in the mind-blowing realm. I also enjoyed all of the cameos, including Stan Lee and the great Lou Ferrigno, as well as the nod to Bill Bixby and of course, the TV show’s very melancholic theme score. I also wished they’d ended the film on the close-up of Norton’s eyes turning green (yeah bitch!), instead of the Tony Stark/Iron Man epilogue, which wasn’t as cool (granted, they were both “cool” scenes, but really…the green eyes would have been the more ideal ending), but hey…that’s life sometimes. All in all, a lotta fun, a lot of action, smashing and special effects, and even a shot of the Hulk’s flaccid penis, if you pay close attention. PS: I’m kidding about the green penis. Kinda.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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1:24PM on 01/29/2010

The Incredible...Sequel?

Lifetime fan of Hulk, but not overly so. 2003's Hulk was a good origin movie, but unfortunatly had a lousy baddie and ending. This 2008 'sequel' is said to be independant from the 2003 movie but doesn't leave much to disregard the first film either.

Special effects were amazing, and to all the nay-sayers out there I have this to say... Would you rather see CG Hulk or a man spray painted again....

Fight scenes between Hulk and Abomination were great, and a welcome change from Hulk being
Lifetime fan of Hulk, but not overly so. 2003's Hulk was a good origin movie, but unfortunatly had a lousy baddie and ending. This 2008 'sequel' is said to be independant from the 2003 movie but doesn't leave much to disregard the first film either.

Special effects were amazing, and to all the nay-sayers out there I have this to say... Would you rather see CG Hulk or a man spray painted again....

Fight scenes between Hulk and Abomination were great, and a welcome change from Hulk being the superior form of strength in many film/television incarnations. Lovely tie-in to Ironman and the upcoming Avengers flick was a nice nod to us patient Marvel fans.

Overall, Ed Norton is stupendous, and I hope he reprises his role in a future Marvel production, story was strong, just the right amount of action sequences, and a well balanced film for the green tyrant.
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2:53PM on 09/24/2009
I loved The Incredible Hulk. It had Tim Roth, the greatest actor, as the lead villian. How can anyone not like it?
I loved The Incredible Hulk. It had Tim Roth, the greatest actor, as the lead villian. How can anyone not like it?
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4:04PM on 03/25/2009

Very Good

it was very very good movie. i am very impressed to watch action in this movie. great story and presentations as compare of old hulk movie.
it was very very good movie. i am very impressed to watch action in this movie. great story and presentations as compare of old hulk movie.
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12:30PM on 11/20/2008
Really entertaining.. Norton was a great Bruce Banner. The cgi didn't turn me off as much as I thought it would.
Really entertaining.. Norton was a great Bruce Banner. The cgi didn't turn me off as much as I thought it would.
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12:27PM on 11/20/2008

loved it

i also happened to love the 2003 original but i thought this version was better.it was more hulk smash and less hulk talk which i have no problem with,even if it's visa versa
i also happened to love the 2003 original but i thought this version was better.it was more hulk smash and less hulk talk which i have no problem with,even if it's visa versa
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1:52AM on 11/20/2008
I don't know I was bored out of my mind through most of this. I wasn't connected at all to any of the characters and the only set up for sympathy with the Hulk was the fact that he couldn't f@ck Liv Tyler. While that's a shitty situation I just didn't feel like there was enough inner-turmoil. Plus the bad guy was introduced too late into the film. I just felt a real lack of conflict throughout. I was never a fan of the Army being the bad guys in the film and while I know that is what the hulk
I don't know I was bored out of my mind through most of this. I wasn't connected at all to any of the characters and the only set up for sympathy with the Hulk was the fact that he couldn't f@ck Liv Tyler. While that's a shitty situation I just didn't feel like there was enough inner-turmoil. Plus the bad guy was introduced too late into the film. I just felt a real lack of conflict throughout. I was never a fan of the Army being the bad guys in the film and while I know that is what the hulk is, I still don't feel like there's a threat on the Hulk's life. I was just bored. But yes the last twenty minutes were awesome, so it's still a positive review.
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6:54AM on 11/18/2008

avoidz

Joblo and avoidz, you guys are right, we should just put Forrest Gump as the next villain, so the movie would keep a step in reality. JESUS!!! It's a comic book movie! If it doesn't give you a video game/cartoon feeling, than it certainly isn't a comic book movie (even The Dark Knight)
Joblo and avoidz, you guys are right, we should just put Forrest Gump as the next villain, so the movie would keep a step in reality. JESUS!!! It's a comic book movie! If it doesn't give you a video game/cartoon feeling, than it certainly isn't a comic book movie (even The Dark Knight)
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6:26AM on 11/18/2008
Some of the visuals were good, but I also had that question in my mind about whether it was a movie or a videogame I was watching. All of a sudden the "reality" of the film lost me.
Some of the visuals were good, but I also had that question in my mind about whether it was a movie or a videogame I was watching. All of a sudden the "reality" of the film lost me.
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5:29AM on 11/18/2008
I agree with JoBlo. But concerning the special effects, two CG characters battling each other... why does that qualify immediately as something "videogamish"? For you to say that, it's so cliché... Surely with today's technology, people would forget that argument. The CG characters in "The Incredible Hulk" are really well-done, especially Hulk in the rain. I don't compare them to videogames anymore. Five years ago, sure. But not anymore.
I agree with JoBlo. But concerning the special effects, two CG characters battling each other... why does that qualify immediately as something "videogamish"? For you to say that, it's so cliché... Surely with today's technology, people would forget that argument. The CG characters in "The Incredible Hulk" are really well-done, especially Hulk in the rain. I don't compare them to videogames anymore. Five years ago, sure. But not anymore.
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4:27AM on 11/18/2008
Easily as good as Iron Man - better story, better dialogue, better villains, an engaging love story, and no lame duck Terrance Howard.

The only thing keeping Iron Man on an even playing field with the Incredible Hulk was the exceptional chemistry between the always incredible RDJ and Bridges.

I feel that both films deserve something to the tune of a 7.5 or an 8, and I believe that the remarkably cooler response to The Incredible Hulk was largely due the sour taste in critics' mouths
Easily as good as Iron Man - better story, better dialogue, better villains, an engaging love story, and no lame duck Terrance Howard.

The only thing keeping Iron Man on an even playing field with the Incredible Hulk was the exceptional chemistry between the always incredible RDJ and Bridges.

I feel that both films deserve something to the tune of a 7.5 or an 8, and I believe that the remarkably cooler response to The Incredible Hulk was largely due the sour taste in critics' mouths by the regrettable human rights violation that was Ang Lee's Hulk.
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