Release Date: June 13, 2008Studio: Marvel/UniversalCast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Lou Ferrigno
The Hulk is incredible! Yeah, I
said it, and better than ever. Forget what youve heard, this is what you want
I wasnt really expecting much after Ang Lees Hulk flopped back in 2003, but ever
since Edward Norton was in Spike Lees 24 Hours and dated Selma Hayek, Id
taken notice of him.
Norton chooses his roles carefully, so
I thought this new Incredible Hulk
might just have some meat, and it did – meat and more.
Bruce Banner is in Brazil, living
the life of a laborer – so vigilant and disciplined like the Bruce Banner on
the 70s TV show. The filmmakers assume that we know his story and dont dumb
us down with it.
The original back story is basically this: After
working as a scientist for the Army, Banner is mistakenly injected with so much
radiation (gamma rays to be exact) that he should have died. Instead, when he
gets angry he turns into a monster – green, big and out of control. Because he
doesn’t want the government to take him apart for use as a weapon, he chooses
to live his life in secret, working constantly to find the cure for his problem.
In the movie, we quickly remember
that hes still on the run and the opening action scenes reminded me of
something that youd see in The Bourne Identity – the first one. A chase
scene starts the action off just right – it’s awesome. Banner is breathing hard
and his watch is beeping as it records his get-mad-enough-o-meter.
Days without incident: 47.
You start to really feel for this
guy, and the writer includes so many comedic moments with actors from the TV show,
you easily get caught up in the story. Banner makes his way back home to Arlington,
Virginia from Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico to the one woman that will help him
find a cure, Betty Ross, played by Liv Tyler. Shes one of the palest women in
Hollywood. I still think of her from Lord
of the Rings. Betty, supposedly the love of Bruces life, is a scientist who happens to be the daughter of the Army general
(General “Thunderbolt” Ross, played by William Hurt) whos searching feverishly for Banner. Days without incident: 01. If there was a
flaw in the script, it was in the chemistry between these two characters. Their relationship
felt pushed and unauthentic; even when she dropped everything to be with him, I
kept asking myself, Didnt she have a job at the university?
The action took over me though; I
completely forget about their relationship, except for an occasional kiss here and there. There are these moving scenes when the creature is loose
that will amaze you and have you on the edge of your seat. The visual creativity,
both graphically and in motion scenes, offers originality as well as a true
feeling for what we remember Marvel comic The
Hulk to be. That has to be the most spectacular feat of The Incredible Hulk – it is very
familiar, but still fresh.
Of course he has an enemy not
really an enemy, but another eager soldier boy, Emil Blonsky, who wants to pull rank and get
this green monster. Blonsky is played by Tim Roth – remember him from that movie with Tupac, Gridlockd? He hasnt been around in a minute,
and is cast as a badass militant (with an obvious Napoleon complex), who is
game to let the army experiment on him to induce super-soldier qualities. Yes,
scummy little Tim Roth grew to be this big ugly monster. It is all so
eye-popping, you cant help but root for the Hulk.
Days without incident: 00.
Even the fight scenes between The
Hulk and The Abomination are the bomb. New angry, adrenaline-fired stuff with
some outta sight bang ups and knockdowns. The scenes where Banner loses it are
some of the best scenes in the movie.
Theres one scene where Bruce gets
some help for his cure from a university doctor in New York, played by nerdy
Tim Blake Nelson. He and Betty actually watch Banner change into The Hulk as he
is strapped down on a gurney. Betty jumps on top of Banner and begs him to look
at her… Keep looking at her. Her legs straddled around his huge waist – its
all so erotic, yet tender. Meanwhile, the army is portrayed as a bunch
of idiots that cant seem to get the fact that bullets bounce off of him like
rubber bands. Look for appearances by Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, Michael K. Williams (it’s been said that Norton had him written into the script because he’s personally a big fan of The Wire), and Lou Ferrigno, the original TV series Hulk, who also voices The Hulk character in the film. It’s all so much fun, and by the end of the movie
you’ll want to know that there will be sequel.
You dont get it all in The Incredible Hulk, but you damn sure
get enough. Go spend your money!