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The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Jun 13, 2008
Grade:
C+
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 54 Minutes

Bruce Banner, still wandering, looks for a way to free himself of The Hulk. Like the television show, which the film borrows heavily from, Banner is always shy of finding a definitive answer to his condition but must battle his way through local trouble as well as trouble from his past.

The failure of Ang lee’s Hulk probably had more to do with the fact that Lee tried to hard to make both Banner and The Hulk as human as possible by giving them a back story that far reached the mindless action that fans craved from the green one. While new director Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1&2) fleshes out Banners character somewhat there is an almost equal failure in his version as there is more mindless action then there is introduction and purpose. While fans and audience members who were introduced to The Hulk back in 2003 know all about Banner, Betty Ross, and General “Thunderbolt” Ross they get yet another face in the character of Emil Blonsky (played by Tim Roth). While Roth’s character has somewhat of a drive he really has no back story, no motivation other then a primal one which, I believe, really need some clarification. Once all of the back story is played out the film goes video game with just to much action. While fans of the excellent iron man film complained about the anticlimactic fight at the end of that film I think they may complain about the opposite here. The fight goes on for far to long and when its over it just doesn’t feel like it ended the way it should have.

I usually have a rule about films and that is if there are to many cameo’s and throwbacks to past history then a film usually stinks. While the film had more cameo’s and brief glimpses of a history of The Hulk then you could count it felt all in good fun and the film, for what it was, didn’t bore me like the other one did. I was disappointed with the CGI Hulk in this one, although it was much better then Ang Lee’s, it still looked very game-like. I had hoped that it would be possible for the director to incorporate some of the technology that made Xerexes of 300 and Hagrid of Harry Potter look larger then life with a real actor but whatever, it still looked better. As for the film its kind of a take it or leave it affair. If you have to see it then do and if you don’t your probably not going to regret it. The final judgment call is yours.

AJ Garcia
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