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Hailing more from the pulp-melancholic spirit of CBS's 1978-1982 Hulk television series than its 2003 predecessor did, THE INCREDIBLE HULK wordlessly tells the entire gamma ray-afflicted origin story of scientist Bruce Banner's alter-ego within its first three minutes. This credit sequence in particular evokes (albeit with some cinematic weight) the lo-fi, premise-informing quality that one would find at the onset every episode of a cultish TV show, thus making two things quite clear. First, the Edward Norton-starring INCREDIBLE HULK is not a sequel to or a remake of Ang Lee's HULK, but a reboot equipped with an alternate plot, a new dynamic, and a different set of rules. Second, it is director Louis Leterrier's (UNLEASHED, THE TRANSPORTER) express intention to deliver a tightly wound, economically paced thriller in which scenes of drama and action are not mutually exclusive. THE INCREDIBLE HULK replaces cerebral family drama with the story of a lonely, afflicted scientist who, at the start of the movie, is already in hiding, training his mind-body dichotomy. As for the Hulk that inevitably comes forth, a previously poetic weightlessness is rejected in favor of gargantuan physicality, and this time there's an equal behemoth for the not-so-jolly green giant to battle. It's akin to seeing the huge robots of TRANSFORMERS face off, only with more muscle and bone. The angst, of course, isn't gone from this incarnation--not if Norton's intelligently passionate Banner and his tender, forbidden relationship with Dr. Elizabeth Ross (Liv Tyler) have anything to say about it. It's simply that this Hulk always smashes before he ponders. Rounding out THE INCREDIBLE HULK's main players are William Hurt as General Ross and Tim Roth as marine Emil Blonsky, two men in pursuit of the Hulk who, like Banner, aren't so much evil as consumed by tragic character flaws.
When the first version of the Hulk hit the screens it met with a rather lukewarm reception but now Marvel have gone back to the drawing board and given us a new film which hits the mark one hundred percent.
Set five years after Bruce Banner's accident with Gamma radiation, we find our hero living in South America, holding down a part time job and trying to learn how to control the beast that rages within him.
Banner is in contact with the mysterious Mr Blue who is trying to help him find a cure for his problem but things get hectic when a military team succeed in tracking Banner down with the intention of examining him to find out how he got his abilities so they can replicate the treatment.
Seeking help from Betty Ross, Banner returns to the USA to cure his condition once and for all, unaware that the military has taken further steps to bring both him, and the Hulk inside him, back home.
Now this is exactly what the first Hulk film should've been. However, this one has been made by someone who obviously had a real passion for the original television series in the 70's as there are numerous nods to the show, right down to the opening title sequence and some of the music too.
Norton is spot on as Banner and looks freakishly like Bill Bixby in some scenes. William Hurt is excellent, as always, as General `Thunderbolt' Ross, Liv Tyler is surprisingly good as Betty Ross and Tim Roth plays Banner's nemesis Emil Blonsky with zeal and gives us some great scenes.
The film is well paced and builds to the satisfying conclusion as the Hulk and The Abomination fight it out while another classic Hulk villain is born in the debris of the battle. Readers of the comic book will spot him as soon as he appears on screen! There is a nice tie-in at the end with an appearance by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.
For those who haven't seen it yet it's advisable for continuity purposes to watch Iron Man first, specifically the scene at the end of that film's credits, before this film and then the last scene will make perfect sense.
The second disc contains some great extras including an alternative opening which comic book readers will understand the significance of, nearly 45 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, the ubiquitous making of and lots of behind the scenes info.
As Marvel films go, this rates as one of their best and it's a must have piece of the puzzle that leads us towards the upcoming Avengers movie.
The Hulk is back in this brand new comicbook inspired film and guess what? It doesn't suck! The storyline for "The Incredible Hulk" wasn't really based on the backstory of the character, however it did give a few scenes of his past, but mainly focused on events going on in the presence. Seeing that I can't talk too much about the story without spoiling part of the story, I'll move on.
One of my favorite things about the film is the amazing visual artwork and actual camera shots that were taken. The actual visual style of the Hulk looks realistic but not 100% from a far distance. The second that camera zooms in though on the Hulk's body you can see the form and shape of every muscle and vein in his body. I didn't like how the face was textured, but it still did look realistic. It's safe to say that the CGI in this film is used to it's advantage and some really amazing work is done here.
For camera shots this surprisingly really kept me amazed. There's a scene near the beginning when Bruce Banner aka The Hulk got cut which ending in some blood dropping to the ground. Ok, now I know what you're thinking "He can't seriously be talking about a camera shot of blood? Can he?". The answer is, yes I am talking about a camera shot of blood falling to the ground, spinning, in slow motion. Throughout the entire film I noticed three well placed slow-mo shots; the blood scene in the beginning and two slow-mo action shots near the end of the film.
One of the most disappointing parts of this film had to have been the acting. Edward Norton didn't seem to play out as the badass that the Hulk is. I don't think Norton was correctly cast as this role in the film seeing that it IS such a crucial role to the film's success. Luckily for the producers, they had a good enough script and editing to coverup for the bad acting in the film. Besides Norton's bad acting, the few love scenes in the film seemed a tad bit tiresome and cheesey. Now I know this movie is based on a comicbook, but the love scenes were just too cheesey for any type of film.
I'm really satisfied with the fact of some of the cameos that were in the film. Of course since this is a movie based on a Marvel comic, Stan Lee made an appearance in the film. I wasn't really too happy about the role that Stan Lee played in the film since it seemed kind of disappointing. Stan's role's are never the biggest in Marvel's films, but they always seem to make me smile; this one however was kind of a downer. Another cameo in the film was made by Lou Ferrigno; to Hulk fans Lou was the original Hulk in the tv series of the same name as the film, Lou does the voiceacting for the Hulk in the film as well as making an actual appearance as a security guard. Oh and guess what Lou's on screen appearance was in the last film. Yeah that's right; a security guard.
As always; I love to take a look at the poster and advertising for the film. The Incredible Hulk's advertising is not a personal favorite of mine since I think things should of been more in proportion. Even with the angle of the camera shot Bruce and the Hulk are way too tall for the picture. Bruce is around 5'10-6'0, where the Hulk stands around 8'0 tall. Besides showing you who the Hulk is the poster doesn't really do much for telling you about the movie. The helicopters in background indicate they're looking for something, like the Hulk, but not more is told through the advertisement.
There were a lot of improvements since the last Hulk film (Hulk, 2003
Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is a scientist working to find a way to use gamma radiation to increase healing time in soldiers. One of his co-workers is Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), whose father, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt), oversees the project. Upon subjecting himself to a gamma test, Banner transforms into a green-skinned, superhumanly powerful creature. He destroys the lab, injures Betty and Ross and escapes.
Several years later, he surfaces in Brazil, working at a local soft drink factory. He trains with martial artists on how to control his gamma-irradiated anger, and communicates via encrypted e-mail with Mr. Blue about developing a cure. Ross has continued to search for him, believing that Banner is effectively the property of the United States government. Thanks to an accident at the factory, Ross tracks Banner to Brazil. He assembles a strike force led by a ruthless British soldier, Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) and sends them after Banner. They chase Banner through the city and into the soft drink factory. Banner is also pursued by several hooligans who dislike him. When the hooligans attack Banner, he loses control of his anger and transforms into his green alter ego just as the strike team arrives. He makes quick work of the hooligans and strike team, then leaps his way out of Brazil.
Blonsky demands that Ross tell him the truth about Banner. Ross reveals that the goal of the program was not to develop new ways of treating injuries but to create an army of invincible super soldiers. Blonsky is intrigued and, recognizing that he is at the end of his career at age 39, asks to be given the super soldier formula himself. Ross agrees and Blonsky undergoes a painful procedure.
Banner returns to the United States, in particular to a college town in Virginia. Betty still teaches there. Banner sneaks into a computer laboratory and downloads vital information about the experiments and his own physiognomy. That night, Betty and her new boyfriend, Leonard Samson (Ty Burrell) see Banner in a restaurant. Betty takes Banner home, but Samson contacts Ross. Banner plans to leave the next day but Ross's forces attack him on campus. Banner transforms again, and witnesses to the battle dub him "the Hulk." During the fight, Blonsky confronts Hulk and displays superhuman reflexes, but Hulk kicks Blonsky into a tree, shattering every bone in his body. Betty is nearly killed in a helicopter assault. Hulk rescues her and takes her to safety. During a rain storm, Hulk becomes scared of the thunder and hurls rocks at it. Betty calms him down. The next morning, she checks them into a motel and buys him new clothes. They decide to go to New York and meet Mr. Blue. On the way, Betty suggests that some of Banner's personality remains when he is in Hulk form, but Banner angrily rejects this notion. He wants to be rid of the Hulk, not find a way to control it.
Ross is pleasantly surprised to see Blonsky has completely healed from his grievous injuries. However, he doesn't notice the bony spines beginning to protrude from Blonsky's back.
Mr. Blue is really Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson), a professor at a college in New York City. He reveals to Banner that he has a procedure that might suppress the Hulk reaction but probably not cure Banner. However, he wants to continue to study Banner so they can find a way to use his blood to cure countless diseases. Banner refuses to allow that, but agrees to undergo Sterns's suppression proce
Incredible Hulk is an absolutely fantastic action/superhero movie. Bruce Banner is living in Brazil, trying to keep a low profile and find a cure for himself. He has also been doing different exercises to calm himself. When he is discovered, to his dismay, the Hulk returns, and Banner gets away. Fans of the comic will not be disappointed in the new characters introduced, as well as the fantastic performances by all involved. Fantastic direction shows the Hulk as large shadows as well as the incredible CGI. Though the plot is more action than character driven, Edward Norton infuses Banner with a fantastic torn hero persona, a man who carries the weight of all his problems on himself. Liv Tyler does a very fine job as Betty, playing a woman in love with a man with two sides. William Hurt shows General Ross as a man with a cold, hard determination, but still with heart. Tim Roth plays a man intrigued and then seduced by the power within Banner. Fantastically drawn peripheral characters round out a fantastic cast. Wonderful cameos pay tribute, as both Stan Lee and Lou Ferigno have small roles. A very entertaining film, with great acting and lots of action, and highly recommended.