The Incredible Hulk

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Posted: Mon Jun 9 2008

The first thing to say about director Louis Leterrier’s blockbuster monster-movie is that it’s more a stripped-down rerun of Ang Lee’s 2003 outing than a sequel to it. And all the better for it, too. If Leterrier has done a rethink, it is only to simplify and to streamline.

It’s not praising with faint damns to say that this shorter, leaner, less psychologically fixated action adventure, on the whole, makes for a more satisfactory adaptation of the spirit of Stan Lee’s Marvel character than Ang Lee’s earlier attempt to nail the green giant.

In so doing, the director, together with scriptwriter Zak Penn, wisely takes much for granted. The set-up – how Bruce Banner (a suitably unprepossessing Edward Norton) has been turned into an angry green creature in military experiments with gamma rays, injured his scientist lover Betty (Liv Tyler) and is on the run from ex-colleague General Ross (William Hurt) who considers his body US Army property – are cleverly glossed by the time the pre-credit sequence is over.

Likewise, the filmmakers assume their audience will have a base knowledge of the Marvel universe and don’t overplay the crucial subtexts (about the abuse of science, et al). This allows, satisfyingly, a basic three-act adventure to get directly underway – with an exciting extended chase through a Brazilian favela, where Banner/The Hulk is pursued by new villain Blonsky (Tim Roth), an English-educated Russian soldier attached to Ross’s team with abominable, stop-at-nothing ambitions to be a ‘super-soldier’.

There are some longueurs in the middle section – and a feeling of sparing resources for the final high-octane half-hour of Manhattan-set mayhem – but Leterrier takes enough leisure to deliver some neat touches. He covers all the important, if low-key, emotional bases and, finally, and most importantly, kicks kid-pleasing ass in the climactic action sequences.
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L X

It was quite good film. Compared to the old one, its God, because that one was just AWFUL D: i liked it but the fight at the end was abit too boyish for me : P still its more a guys film which is cute...kind of.

L X

It was quite good film. Compared to the old one, its God, because that one was just AWFUL D: i liked it but the fight at the end was abit too boyish for me : P still its more a guys film which is cute...kind of.

monica

Liked this MUCH better than the last one. I wondered why they were making another one, but since the last one sucked as bad as it did, I gathered that maybe they wanted to redeem themselves. I thought it was funny and loved seeing Lou in it. the choice of the "new" Hulk was interesting, but he did a very good job. loved it!

monica

Liked this MUCH better than the last one. I wondered why they were making another one, but since the last one sucked as bad as it did, I gathered that maybe they wanted to redeem themselves. I thought it was funny and loved seeing Lou in it. the choice of the "new" Hulk was interesting, but he did a very good job. loved it!

paul

ok i suppose but think previous actor who played banner suited role much better as did the other betty.hulk looked much better but dont they know the madder he gets the stronger he gets he is also virtually indestructable come on he strangles abomination with a chain he would break a chain easily just wished people would do there homework on the hulk before they make a film .they can make spiderman ,batman,and iron man true to the comics but one of the best marvel comic heroes and they cant get him right

paul

ok i suppose but think previous actor who played banner suited role much better as did the other betty.hulk looked much better but dont they know the madder he gets the stronger he gets he is also virtually indestructable come on he strangles abomination with a chain he would break a chain easily just wished people would do there homework on the hulk before they make a film .they can make spiderman ,batman,and iron man true to the comics but one of the best marvel comic heroes and they cant get him right

Casey

Much better than the first Hulk, in the First hulk, he didnt look mean he looked more like a babey but in the new one his muscles are more ripped and it shows that he truelly is angry. In parts you have to listen closely but its a damn film to get any film you gota listen closely, the fights are great, there is no mercy. Definately a dont try this at home movie but still really good film for kids.

Casey

Much better than the first Hulk, in the First hulk, he didnt look mean he looked more like a babey but in the new one his muscles are more ripped and it shows that he truelly is angry. In parts you have to listen closely but its a damn film to get any film you gota listen closely, the fights are great, there is no mercy. Definately a dont try this at home movie but still really good film for kids.

temi

He got from Brasil (the extreme end of South America) to Guatemala (central America) to Chiapas and then to the America with NO money (no he didnt have money in his pocket and his trousers tore when he became the the Hulk.?? WTF?? He never had sex with the Girlfriend despite being together all those years and having this immense love story? The whole thing was just so flawed........ Not to mention Mr Blue agreeing to pump the other dude(Tim Roth with a confused accent) with Hulk's DNA despite the fact he could have easily killed him on the operating table!!!!!! arrrghhh! (shaking my fist) to the friend who dragged me to watch this yesterday. you know who you are!

temi

He got from Brasil (the extreme end of South America) to Guatemala (central America) to Chiapas and then to the America with NO money (no he didnt have money in his pocket and his trousers tore when he became the the Hulk.?? WTF?? He never had sex with the Girlfriend despite being together all those years and having this immense love story? The whole thing was just so flawed........ Not to mention Mr Blue agreeing to pump the other dude(Tim Roth with a confused accent) with Hulk's DNA despite the fact he could have easily killed him on the operating table!!!!!! arrrghhh! (shaking my fist) to the friend who dragged me to watch this yesterday. you know who you are!

borrisbatanov

Edward Norton's Hulk is surprisingly lackluster, much too muted and tepid. He's supposed to be a tormented Jeckel & Hyde, but instead shows entirely too little internal conflict and angst; he's wooden and inert. The role demands someone with lots more juice, more edgy energy and complexity. His scenes with Liv Tylor are similarly anemic, drained of chemistry. Their beauty-and-the-beast shtick is old. Her lips seem to have swelled even further since I last saw her in "Lord of the Rings," no doubt plumped up with silicon. William Hurt brings insufficient hardness, menace and cruelty to his role as the ruthless military man who helped create the green monster as a battlefield weapon. A military uniform doesn't even seem to suit him. He's much better as a boardroom villain. Perhaps most miscast is Tim Roth as The Hulk's arch nemesis. He looks positively scrawny, middle-aged, seedy, and worn, as if he's been up drinking all night for the last 12 years, anything but a crack soldier. His transformation into a killing machine is unconvincing. Action sequences may be expensive and lavish, but are gimmicky and mechanical, lacking the twisty agility and ballet of violence that make you sit up and take notice. Only the Hulk himself looks great, in fact better than anyone. The film ends with a broad hint that a sequel with Iron Man is to follow -- sadly, even an association with Robert Downey's much wittier and spunkier Iron Man probably won't energize the mopey Norton. This may be a major improvement over the 2003 "Hulk," but it still has a long way to go. Hollywood needs to be more creative and daring. These superhero franchises are cynical profiteering, sadly missing the rebellious adolescent imagination and fun of the original comic books.

borrisbatanov

Edward Norton's Hulk is surprisingly lackluster, much too muted and tepid. He's supposed to be a tormented Jeckel & Hyde, but instead shows entirely too little internal conflict and angst; he's wooden and inert. The role demands someone with lots more juice, more edgy energy and complexity. His scenes with Liv Tylor are similarly anemic, drained of chemistry. Their beauty-and-the-beast shtick is old. Her lips seem to have swelled even further since I last saw her in "Lord of the Rings," no doubt plumped up with silicon. William Hurt brings insufficient hardness, menace and cruelty to his role as the ruthless military man who helped create the green monster as a battlefield weapon. A military uniform doesn't even seem to suit him. He's much better as a boardroom villain. Perhaps most miscast is Tim Roth as The Hulk's arch nemesis. He looks positively scrawny, middle-aged, seedy, and worn, as if he's been up drinking all night for the last 12 years, anything but a crack soldier. His transformation into a killing machine is unconvincing. Action sequences may be expensive and lavish, but are gimmicky and mechanical, lacking the twisty agility and ballet of violence that make you sit up and take notice. Only the Hulk himself looks great, in fact better than anyone. The film ends with a broad hint that a sequel with Iron Man is to follow -- sadly, even an association with Robert Downey's much wittier and spunkier Iron Man probably won't energize the mopey Norton. This may be a major improvement over the 2003 "Hulk," but it still has a long way to go. Hollywood needs to be more creative and daring. These superhero franchises are cynical profiteering, sadly missing the rebellious adolescent imagination and fun of the original comic books.

Al Ewing

Ang Lee's film wasn't so much 'daringly Freudian' as 'daringly difficult to watch'. That aside, I saw this film in my local arthouse cinema, proving that there is room for it to be under the same roof as cinema that engages the human heart as opposed to the human 'aw yeah boyeee he just punched that guy through eight walls' organ. I'd like to believe that I can enjoy a film about two giant monsters hitting each other and then, on a different day, enjoy something a little more cerebral and emotionally deep. But hey, what's life without a herd of vulgar masses to rail patronisingly against?

Al Ewing

Ang Lee's film wasn't so much 'daringly Freudian' as 'daringly difficult to watch'. That aside, I saw this film in my local arthouse cinema, proving that there is room for it to be under the same roof as cinema that engages the human heart as opposed to the human 'aw yeah boyeee he just punched that guy through eight walls' organ. I'd like to believe that I can enjoy a film about two giant monsters hitting each other and then, on a different day, enjoy something a little more cerebral and emotionally deep. But hey, what's life without a herd of vulgar masses to rail patronisingly against?

Jojo

Great fun, take your kids, they will love it. Edward Norton makes for a great Hulk, and it is so much more true to the Tv series even having some of the original Hulk music thrown in here and there (hoorah)!!

Jojo

Great fun, take your kids, they will love it. Edward Norton makes for a great Hulk, and it is so much more true to the Tv series even having some of the original Hulk music thrown in here and there (hoorah)!!

Mike

I was hoping for some extra development in the hulk character, something new, something a bit deeper I guess. As an action movie it was decent though, with lots of smashing and explosions. I watched IronMan just after it and enjoyed Ironman a lot more though. There seemed to be a lot more humour and suspense in IronMan, as well as more gizmos and other such items that made it interesting. But back on topic, I would give Hulk an average to 4 star rating.

Mike

I was hoping for some extra development in the hulk character, something new, something a bit deeper I guess. As an action movie it was decent though, with lots of smashing and explosions. I watched IronMan just after it and enjoyed Ironman a lot more though. There seemed to be a lot more humour and suspense in IronMan, as well as more gizmos and other such items that made it interesting. But back on topic, I would give Hulk an average to 4 star rating.

mary

A far cry from the original series - but just had to see it. Panning too fast on many occasions. But roll on next one

mary

A far cry from the original series - but just had to see it. Panning too fast on many occasions. But roll on next one

opinionator

Relax, WhatAFanboy. Your cruelty is alarming. Are you in a lot of pain, or are you habitually offensive? It's impossible to take your comments seriously, difficult to even hear them at all, over the blaring wickedness you likely mistake for strength. Your review is about you, not the Hulk. Talk about anger issues. About the Hulk, I like both versions. Why either/or this? It's a testament to the concept that it works in different ways. Oh, and WhatAfanboy, stop trying to convince everyone else you're smarter than they are, no one is buying it but you.

opinionator

Relax, WhatAFanboy. Your cruelty is alarming. Are you in a lot of pain, or are you habitually offensive? It's impossible to take your comments seriously, difficult to even hear them at all, over the blaring wickedness you likely mistake for strength. Your review is about you, not the Hulk. Talk about anger issues. About the Hulk, I like both versions. Why either/or this? It's a testament to the concept that it works in different ways. Oh, and WhatAfanboy, stop trying to convince everyone else you're smarter than they are, no one is buying it but you.

k1w1boy

Enjoyed the film for many of the reasons mentioned above - a cameo from Lou Ferrigno (spelling?) and a shot of Bill Bixby in an old TV soap, who were Banner/Hulk in the TV series were solid gold for geeks like me. They also snuck in music from the TV show and a lovely parody on Banner's catchphrase from TV (Don't make me hungry - you won't like me when I'm hungry LOL). Note to Usman - like reading your reviews here - but tone down the lexicon a bit and your insights will come through more clearly.

k1w1boy

Enjoyed the film for many of the reasons mentioned above - a cameo from Lou Ferrigno (spelling?) and a shot of Bill Bixby in an old TV soap, who were Banner/Hulk in the TV series were solid gold for geeks like me. They also snuck in music from the TV show and a lovely parody on Banner's catchphrase from TV (Don't make me hungry - you won't like me when I'm hungry LOL). Note to Usman - like reading your reviews here - but tone down the lexicon a bit and your insights will come through more clearly.

lindsay

fantastic even the kids didnt want to go to the toilet was really unsure about going but was loads better than the last one. would recomend it to anyone!

lindsay

fantastic even the kids didnt want to go to the toilet was really unsure about going but was loads better than the last one. would recomend it to anyone!

Lauren

I thought this film would be great but this was a disapointed because i found every bit of the moivie boring and half way through i fell asleep!

Lauren

I thought this film would be great but this was a disapointed because i found every bit of the moivie boring and half way through i fell asleep!

Brendan

I partially agree. I was a fan of the comic book and I liked the Ang Lee film. From a pure fanboy point of view, I thought the Hulk in the ANg Lee film looked and acted more like the Hulk from the comic than this new one. Fans of the TV show, however, were dissapointed in the Ang Lee version because it rightly ignored the TV show. I enjoyed the new film as disposable fun and got a kick out of all the references to other Marvel characters, not just Tony Stark. But Ang Lee's Hulk was superior.

Brendan

I partially agree. I was a fan of the comic book and I liked the Ang Lee film. From a pure fanboy point of view, I thought the Hulk in the ANg Lee film looked and acted more like the Hulk from the comic than this new one. Fans of the TV show, however, were dissapointed in the Ang Lee version because it rightly ignored the TV show. I enjoyed the new film as disposable fun and got a kick out of all the references to other Marvel characters, not just Tony Stark. But Ang Lee's Hulk was superior.

Mr T(ony)

What a suprise!..having turned up at the cinema for what I thought would be a dissapointment, I walked away with a huge grin on my face! Edward Norton is cast perfectly into the role. Though many seem to argue that he doesn't have the charisma for a lead role, I feel Bruce Banner is a character that needed to have a softer edge than that of say, Tony Stark (Rober Downey Jr). Everyone else seemed a little more disjointed, but all worked out in the end and the parts held up. I'm no comic geek but I do have a soft spot for superhero films, hence why I've been a little dissapointed over the last few years. This, along with Ironman has shown what a smart move it was for Marvel to step up and make their own films, as opposed to contracting them out. Along with that, I loved the link up at the end. Not much of a spoiler fan so I'll keep it to myself, though no doubt anyone reading has already figured out what I'm on about. All in all, a great, simple approach (the jargon of how the Hulk came into being - often spanning an entire movie - is dealt with in the first 5 minutes amongst the credits). Great to see Marvel hitting the mark again after a number of bloopers! Roll up the cross over film!

Mr T(ony)

What a suprise!..having turned up at the cinema for what I thought would be a dissapointment, I walked away with a huge grin on my face! Edward Norton is cast perfectly into the role. Though many seem to argue that he doesn't have the charisma for a lead role, I feel Bruce Banner is a character that needed to have a softer edge than that of say, Tony Stark (Rober Downey Jr). Everyone else seemed a little more disjointed, but all worked out in the end and the parts held up. I'm no comic geek but I do have a soft spot for superhero films, hence why I've been a little dissapointed over the last few years. This, along with Ironman has shown what a smart move it was for Marvel to step up and make their own films, as opposed to contracting them out. Along with that, I loved the link up at the end. Not much of a spoiler fan so I'll keep it to myself, though no doubt anyone reading has already figured out what I'm on about. All in all, a great, simple approach (the jargon of how the Hulk came into being - often spanning an entire movie - is dealt with in the first 5 minutes amongst the credits). Great to see Marvel hitting the mark again after a number of bloopers! Roll up the cross over film!

Wolfy Girl

This movie was AMAZING!!! I saw it afew hours ago and I loved it so much, like IronMan. Edward Norton was perfect as Bruce Banner ^^ 10/10

Wolfy Girl

This movie was AMAZING!!! I saw it afew hours ago and I loved it so much, like IronMan. Edward Norton was perfect as Bruce Banner ^^ 10/10

usman khawaja

Norton is definitively the best talent of his generation and cast perfectly in a simply superb script ,both simplistic yet sophisticated he assumes an iconoclastic presence. He has an ubiquitious innocence combined with a gentle malevolence which makes this trangressive superhero both dangerous but lovable ,but the director pulls another coup in casting liv tyler ,a really talented player as his quiet but sensiyive lover ,together they are invincible,charming and simply dynamic ,the best combo superhero movie so far,with an incredible innocence and yet infinite tenderness . The William hurt role is underplayed and is not the evil cliche of a military baboon ,likewise Tim roth is equivocally ambivalent ,envious but surprisingly empathic at the same time as the anti-nemesis. the Sfx and Cgi are miles ahead of both Ironman and Indiana ,and the locales like Guatemala and Culver university are well used . The finale is explosive in New york city with a great twist in the end with Stark turning up as Downey in a real delight .An ode to control and power management in a world gone control,this is a tribute to human will and discipline and it works at every level, looking forward to the next instalment . These genres are not my cup of tea but Norton ,Bale and Di caprio are exceptional artists of my generation and Norton here is throwing the gauntlet ,let us get ready for a real good dynamic talent competition ,may the best man win . unmissable and totally whacky wicked entertainment with not a single dull moment,a superhero who bumps his head on a rock in a cave and groans too,this makes indiana look like kindergarten stuff .bravo. usman khawaja

usman khawaja

Norton is definitively the best talent of his generation and cast perfectly in a simply superb script ,both simplistic yet sophisticated he assumes an iconoclastic presence. He has an ubiquitious innocence combined with a gentle malevolence which makes this trangressive superhero both dangerous but lovable ,but the director pulls another coup in casting liv tyler ,a really talented player as his quiet but sensiyive lover ,together they are invincible,charming and simply dynamic ,the best combo superhero movie so far,with an incredible innocence and yet infinite tenderness . The William hurt role is underplayed and is not the evil cliche of a military baboon ,likewise Tim roth is equivocally ambivalent ,envious but surprisingly empathic at the same time as the anti-nemesis. the Sfx and Cgi are miles ahead of both Ironman and Indiana ,and the locales like Guatemala and Culver university are well used . The finale is explosive in New york city with a great twist in the end with Stark turning up as Downey in a real delight .An ode to control and power management in a world gone control,this is a tribute to human will and discipline and it works at every level, looking forward to the next instalment . These genres are not my cup of tea but Norton ,Bale and Di caprio are exceptional artists of my generation and Norton here is throwing the gauntlet ,let us get ready for a real good dynamic talent competition ,may the best man win . unmissable and totally whacky wicked entertainment with not a single dull moment,a superhero who bumps his head on a rock in a cave and groans too,this makes indiana look like kindergarten stuff .bravo. usman khawaja