Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William
Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Christina Cabot, Lou Ferrigno, Martin
Starr, Ty Burrell
RunTime: 1 hr 54 mins
Released By: UIP
Official Website: http://incrediblehulk.marvel.com/
Opening Day: 12 June 2008
"The Incredible Hulk" kicks off an all-new, explosive
and action-packed epic of one of the most popular superheroes
of all time. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner
(Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma
radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled
force of rage within him: The Hulk.
in the shadows--cut off from a life he knew and the woman
he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler)--Banner struggles to avoid
the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt
Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks
to capture him and brutally exploit his power.
all three grapple with the secrets that led to The Hulk's
creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary
known as The Abomination (Tim Roth), whose destructive strength
exceeds even The Hulk's own. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist
must make an agonizing final choice: accept a peaceful life
as Bruce Banner or find heroism in the creature he holds inside--The
Without a doubt there will be comparisons for the initiated
and for the uninitiated, the thought that The Incredible Hulk
(2008) is a sequel to Hulk (2003). With the starting of Marvel
Studios, this edition of Hulk is most probably to do justice
to the green giant. Marvel Studios has come out stating that
Ang Lee’s Hulk was one that was more poetic and had
little action and wanted to do one that was the opposite.
they have done just that.
Incredible Hulk spends little time introducing the audience
to the characters and their back story. It does however, give
the audience of quick glimpse of a pre-story during its opening
credits ala Spider-man 2. This decision was made as explained
by Edward Norton who doubles up as Bruce Banner and Executive
Producer on this film, “I don't think that in great
literature/films explaining the story's roots means it comes
in the beginning. Audiences know the story, so we're dealing
with it artfully." Right.
so, right after the opening credits, the story takes us to
Brazil where Bruce Banner has been hiding from the US Army.
He has been living a mostly quiet life for many months, completely
missing from the Army’s radar. That is until, he gets
involved in a freak accident at a bottle factory and soon
enough, the Army swoops in on him and all hell breaks lose
in the samba city.
somehow returns to the US of A and all hell breaks loose again
when he is discovered again and General Ross calls for a little
war of his own against Banner. Serums and cures are tossed
around a lot and Hulk finds himself a villain in the form
of the Abomination, Royal Marine Emil Blonsky pre-transformation.
A lyrical piece or a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am movie?
You tell me.
actor, Edward Norton as Bruce Banner is not at his best here
but he does a good enough job. Liv Tyler as Betty Ross was
as 2D as 2D could get. I pity any actress who plays the Betty
Ross character actually. Here lies a character that has to
deal with what is possibly the worst thing ever that could
happen to one’s lover and yet not get that much of a
chance to shine. William Hurt gives the General Ross role
a bit more evil than Sam Elliott could. He played it with
just the right amount of muted menace and heartless sonofagun.
Both he and Jeff Bridges have taken up pretty interesting
roles in the two Marvel movies this summer. Tim Roth on the
other hand, seemed a bit out of place as the villain and should
really stick to character films. Do keep a lookout when his
Emil Blonsky has a bone crushing showdown with Hulk.
the near two hour runtime, the movie crusades very quickly,
not to good effect and at times, the plot feels a bit too
scattered. This movie might have been a labour of love to
set things right but that could have also been its downfall
where trying to cram everything together turns out to be the
wrong choice. Louis Letterier, whose claim to fame includes
Unleashed and Transporter 2 did an okay job for all his B-grade
experiences. Had this movie been in the hands of a better
director, it could have been on par with Iron Man.
are saving graces to the film too though. The cameos by Stan
Lee and Lou Ferrigno will be a delight for fans as will the
cameo by a certain Marvel character at the end of the movie!
It was also great fun to watch the monster-a-monster slugfest
between Hulk and Abomination on the streets! And of course,
Hulk himself was the best deal of the movie. This Hulk is
less awkward and does not actually fly, much scarier and angrier.
somewhat scattered review is probably what best sums up The
Incredible Hulk. It has a general idea of things and perspective
from time to time but otherwise, it is a jolly green mess.
(The Incredible Hulk is smashing enough but does not
have what it takes in a slugfest)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri