The Incredible Hulk (2008) kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular Super Heroes of all time. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a c... more »ure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living 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.« less
The "rebooted" version of Marvel's Big Mean Green saga replaces Eric Bana with Ed Norton as Bruce Banner, who starts out the film hiding out in South America trying to find a cure for his Gamma inflicted split personality problem. Unfortunately, a U.S. Government task force led by General "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) is in constant pursuit. When Ross jacks up one of his men with Banner's formula and transforms him into The Abomination, mayhem ensues.
A vast improvement over Ang Lee's morose, depressing 2003 "Hulk" flick, this is what Hulk fans wanna see, i.e. total popcorn action & carnage.
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 3/9/2011...
1000 times superior than the hideous train wreck version Ang Lee made. This version perfectly captures the feel of both the comic book and the 70s tv show. The Hulk/Abomination fight is amazing.
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Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 3/23/2010...
The Incredible Hulk the series was a great success for a number of reasons, is it that it was first? No. Is it because it had great stories? No, though the stories were excellent. Is it that the acting was so fantastic? No, but it was. So why then do so many fans enjoy the series and hate the last movie so much? Because it was superb in the suspension of disbelief. When you watched the series you felt that The Hulk was possible. This began at the intro of the show, with Bruce Banner in his lab, getting gamma irradiated, and continued through each episode. Now finally there is a new cast to fill the shoes of the old...
Edward Norton always makes movies that I though, Man he is spot on; and his Bruce Banner is no exception. Bruce was not some nerdy punk who got a swirly in high school, He isn't some push over that would get beaten up by a 3 year old girl, he was an average guy (with some anger management issues.) He also has one tremendous character 'flaw' ... responsibility, Everything that The Hulk does he is, or feels he is responsible for, everything that comes out of The Hulk, he is responsible for... and that is one of the key reasons he wants to get rid of it. So again, Edward Norton, SPOT ON!
The movie starts in the slums of Brazil, which I appreciate, since I speak Portuguese I was looking forward to seeing it. Unfortunately a few of the parts were from people who spoke either horrible Portuguese and got the words wrong, or people who spoke with accents that I couldn't understand, though most of the parts were played by Brazilians, (like his teacher) so I got my warm and fuzzy out of it. Also they did a half decent job with Brazilian geography (though the favelha they used was in Rio)
Liv Tyler, felt a little hollow at first, but she hit her key moments right, so, I'm alright with her part.
William Hurt ... I always wanted horrible things to happen to the general ... Hurt was one unlikeable guy ... way to go!
Tim Roth - unfortunately I think they did a disservice by not giving his character more screen time, I think they could have shown a little more of his development so we understood a little better at the end what happens, still his character is understandable, I just would have liked to see him a little more.
CGI The Hulk, well done. It didn't have the Saturday morning cartoon feel to it, I heard some complaints out not seeing the monster enough, but I think they did a great job with this. He wasn't overdone, his animation was KILLER from his expressions, to his injuries.
Props for a job well done on this movie. People who enjoyed the series will finally have a Hulk on the big screen to like, hard core fans should be happy with this movie as they don't butcher the storyline to bad (come on guys you do have to give them some artistic license.)
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Liz F. (monkeygirl) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN Reviewed on 9/3/2009...
Oh yes, yes, yes! Marvel + Edward Norton + Tim Roth = AWESOMENESS!
I shouldn't be doing the math here but I gotta say that for a Hulk "reboot" THIS one did very, very well! It is a thrill ride of excitement, action and drama.
Edward Norton as Bruce Banner - I don't think anyone could have marked that role better than him. He made it his own as did everyone else in the film. He was such a geek but incredibly sexy! There is enough Hulk in it to keep your attention and the story will do as good. It covers great shots of vistas and cities.
Tim Roth's performance was outstanding as the main villain, Emil Blonsky/Abomination as he provided much of the motion capture for the CG monster. Always looking for a fight even when important matters are at hand.
The score of the film was done nicely, I couldn't be happier with the composer. It is funny at some parts too so watch out for those. Over all, I LOVED it! A nice little "reboot" much like Batman Begins but I never said it was perfect heh, heh, heh! ;D
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Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN Reviewed on 7/11/2009...
I really enjoyed this movie, normally I don't like Edward Norton but he was the best Bruce Banner. This movie is worth seeing.
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Brandon B. (brando) Reviewed on 10/31/2008...
This movie was great. I mean, I was a little nervous on watching it because the last movie about the Hulk was awful. Edward Norton portrayed someone conflicted with his gift/curse perfect. The visual effects were very well done. I wish I had something negative to say about the movie but I don't.
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Old JADE-JAWS is Better Than Ever!
Woopak | Where Dark Asian Knights Dwell | 06/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""THE MADDER HULK GETS, THE STRONGER HE GETS". Apparently, ol' Jade-Jaws has been rebooted for the screen under the moniker; "Incredible Hulk" with a new director; Louis Letterrier, a new script by Zack Penn and has a new lead actor in Edward Norton. To be honest, I'm one of the few who appreciated Ang Lee's "Hulk", appreciated but didn't love. Sure, it was too moody, nary a smile on anyone's face, full of human angst and fake looking CGI, but I thought it was reminiscent to the comic book when Paul Jenkins was at its helm. 2008's version of the Green Goliath trumps the 2003 version, with a different origin, more action and the CGI is a vast improvement over its predecessor. No, it is not a sequel to the 2003 film but a re-imagining that has close links to the "Hulk" (except for the color) who appears in Marvels' "The Ultimates" comic book.
Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is hiding out somewhere in South America, looking for a cure for his gamma-induced affliction, trying to keep his temper in check, keeping a low profile and avoiding a certain General Ross (William Hurt) who intends to make an army of super-soldiers from his own D.N.A.. After being pursued by a team led by Emil Blonsky (Eli Roth), Banner returns to America to pursue a cure and asks longtime love Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) for her help in finding a man named "Mr. Blue" who may be able to cure him of his gamma-powered alter-ego. Blonsky is hot on their trail and asks Ross to experiment further with the workings of gamma radiation and cellular manipulation with him as the guinea pig. Blonsky is a man who wants power--at any cost.
The origin of the Hulk has been re-written from its 2003 version. Banner is a scientist who is unknowingly performing experiments on gamma applications to try to replicate a serum based on a World War II super-soldier serum (Captain America anyone?) that apparently got out of hand. Ross wants it as a weapon (no surprise) and Banner is the victim. Readers of Marvel's "the ULTIMATES" may see some similarities and may applaud this move. It was a good move to incorporate a new script to this 2008 film and Louis Letterrier seems to be the right man for its directorial duties. The script by Zack Penn in the hands of this director still has the usual touches of human drama and a moody atmosphere but at a better pace than Lee's rendition of ol'greenskin.
The CGI effects is a step forward from its previous incarnation; an improvement but still not perfect. The Hulk looks more ferocious and feral than the 2003 version and the moments where he says "Hulk Smash" still puts a smile on my place. I was waiting on the line "Hulk is the Strongest one there is" but I guess this would ruin the film's mood, and become a bit too comical. The battle with the Abomination is the film's main draw. The fight is fierce, savage and above all, very hard-hitting. You feel the impact of the blows, and the snarls add a lot of animal-like ferocity. There is also quite a decent number of action sequences dispersed throughout the film. Banner's encounters with a Black-ops team in the first 20 minutes and with a small army contingent helps the film's pace. Hulk smashes cars, humvees, and crushes almost everything in sight; Hulk also "claps" with such devastation. There are also moments that put Hulk's relationship with Betty in the spotlight and the savage monster is truly only savage when provoked. Hulk gets to display some emotion and sensitivity in the presence of Betty. Nice touches, truly reminiscent of the comic book.
Edward Norton's Bruce Banner may well be a little underdeveloped but by now, the film is probably relying on the fans to know what he is all about. Banner has that nerdy look but at the same time, strong and determined. Banner trains in the Brazilian style martial arts to try to control his anger by discipline. I almost wanted him to say: "Hulk knows Kung fu" but thankfully that didn't materialize. Norton gives a strong performance as our tortured scientist, I rather thought that he displayed the right emotions when one is afraid of losing himself. William Hurt is an outstanding General "Thunderbolt" Ross, his character is reminiscent of the other ruthless ones, Hurt has played throughout his career. Ross is a man of duty and has that `someone needs to get their hands dirty' attitude that gives his character a lot of depth. Liv Tyler is on par with Jennifer Connelly's Betty Ross. She's the anchor that pulls Bruce through the hardened moments.
While the film has the tendency in becoming a bit overlong and fall to the pitfalls of too much melodrama and excessive display of human angst, the film has some cleverly placed bits of satire that assists the film's pace. You wouldn't believe Banner's attempts in communication in Portuguese; "..you wouldn't like me when I'm hungry." Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno makes cameo appearances which also add some subtle bits of humor.
Ultimately, "Incredible Hulk" is a success and an effective reboot from Ang Lee`s 2003 version. The film managed to stay focused in its context of a "Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde" formula and the same time delivered a cleverly action-filled popcorn film that delivers the goods. There are hints of an underlying plan with Robert Downey's guest appearance and the hints of a "super-soldier" does give comic book fans something to look forward to. The film is a great comic book adaptation and it comes highly recommended from me who has seen Jade-Jaws' ups and downs since 1979.
HULK SAYS RECOMMENDED! [4- Stars]
The Best of All Worlds
shaxper | Lakewood, OH | 09/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second film to be produced directly by Marvel seems eager to prove why comic book companies should exercise direct control over their films. Rather than being nothing more than a new director's take on an old classic, The Incredible Hulk is both an engaging film and a love letter to every other incarnation of the The Hulk that proceeded it. This film truly endeavors to understand and assimilate the entire history of the character into one new project, and boy does it succeed.
At the center of The Incredible Hulk is an ambitious attempt to marry the two most popular and conflicting visions of the character. The film borrows many elements from the fondly remembered 1970s television series but also incorporates many of the more important elements from the comic book. It's a tough balancing act, but the film makes the disparate elements mix together in a way that makes complete sense and (I believe), leaves fans of both series feeling satisfied. The origin and characterization come largely from the TV series (though, thankfully, it's Dr. BRUCE Banner this time), but the more memorable supporting characters and conflicts from the comic are worked in as well (though Rick Jones was quite fortunately forgotten). Additionally, the enemy is a highly logical choice from the comic book series. Finally, the bad memories of a mutated Nick Nolte are beginning to subside.
The film also incorporates minor elements from the TV movies, the previous film (which is neither acknowledged nor completely contradicted), and even the previous Hulk video game. Of course there are also many wonderful nods to fans of each of the Hulk incarnations. The flashing danger light, the appearance of student reporter "Jack McGee," and Stan Lee's cameo proved to be my personal favorites. Lou Ferrigno also receives a far better cameo than in the previous film.
Most importantly, whether you have any interest in previous Hulk incarnations or not, this film is exceptionally well plotted. It resists the urge to shine the light fully on Hulk or Dr. Banner, instead carefully developing the two in unison. Dr. Banner (masterfully played by Ed Norton, who actually outshines Bill Bixby) gets farther than his television counterpart was ever allowed, and that experience necessarily changes him. The transformation is satisfying, yet still allows the franchise to return to familiar territory by the end.
In parallel, the monster also receives his share of development, though this isn't made clear until the end. His final scene cements this film's brilliant unison of television series and comic book, leaving no doubt that this is the most impressive project ever to come out of the Hulk franchise. I was left so excited, so convinced for the first time that the character had truly come to life, that I almost expected Doctor Strange and the Defenders to show up in the next moment. For only the third time in all my movie going experiences, a beloved comic book character actually seemed real (or at least possible), even in spite of the sometimes questionable computer animation.
Finally, true Marvel fans will be amazed to see just how much continuity this two hour film packs. Clear and meaningful ties are made to Captain America, Iron Man, and S.H.I.E.L.D., and just you wait for the film's final scene! While DC is still trying to decide who should play Superman and Batman for their Justice League movie, you can rest assured that Marvel is getting ready to tie their films together in a meaningful and impressive way. The Marvel Universe has truly made the move into Hollywood and, with The Incredible Hulk as a shining example, it's safe to believe that they've just begun delivering everything a humble fan boy could ever hope for."
The new Hulk film was well made for a number of reasons
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 09/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This re-imagining of the green Goliath works far better than Ang Lee's 2003 outing that's for sure. Being an avid admirer of the Bixby/Ferrigno series in the late seventies and early eighties I found this film to be closer in spirit to the series and I definitely liked that.
The Hulk's origins are played out at the very beginning and once that's over and done with audiences are in for a fast paced and enjoyable ride. The film attempts to keep people who liked the series happy as well as the crowd who want it firmly rooted in Marvel tradition. The Hulk battles a foe called The Abomination in the final third, and by the way that fight is pretty amazing, and I gather that that's a person to be found in the original comics.
While Eric Bana was one of the few things that was positive about Hulk (2003), Norton betters him here. He's such a natural performer and he can convey so much with mere expressions. He was the perfect choice to play Banner, in some ways he reminded me of Bixby. Tim Roth is one of those actors who's always good and he doesn't falter here. But William Hurt really surprised me. I've always thought he was good but I'd have to say this is his finest performance in many years. General Ross is a much better written character here than in the 2003 version and Hurt simply excels in the part.
As for the CGI, they work really well. The Hulk looks extremely cool and far better here. He doesn't continue to grow as he gets angrier and while that may annoy some I actually found it a plus. And those huge leaps are history as well, he jumps far enough but nothing compared to Ang Lee's version.
The Incredible Hulk does well what it intends to do which is entertain. Overall it's full of action, very well acted and fairly well written. Must See! "
Probably the Hulk that most people want to see
Joseph P. Menta, Jr. | Philadelphia, PA USA | 10/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A few observations about the mostly successful, mostly entertaining 2008 film "The Incredible Hulk"...
The movie is billed as a reboot or totally new version of the Hulk, not a sequel to the 2003 Ang Lee film that was simply titled, "Hulk". I'd call the movie more of a semi-reboot. Why? Well, the earlier movie ends with Bruce Banner in hiding in South America, with General Ross and his cronies madly searching for him. And the new film, well... opens with Bruce Banner in hiding in South America, with General Ross and his cronies madly searching for him. I think Marvel smartly structured the film to appease both camps: if you liked the earlier movie you can- contrary to all the "forget the earlier movie!" hype- view this one as the next chapter in the story. And if you didn't like the earlier film, you can point to the recasting of the actors and the less introspective, more "big summer movie" tone and say, "Whew, it's NOT the same storyline!" Your money, your choice.
The new film offers a more kinetic, visceral, action-oriented story, peppered with just enough quietly dramatic moments (in other words, talking scenes) so the movie doesn't turn into a relentless, flashing, pinball machine. If you ever read the comic book, it really feels like a three-issue run from the mid-70's "Hulk Smash! era.
The deleted scenes in the 3-disc special edition are interesting. Apparently a more pronounced love triangle between Betty, Bruce, and Betty's new boyfriend Leonard (who we learn, via one deleted scene, is actually comics character Leonard Samson, pre-irradiation experiment) was a bigger part of the original conception of the film. Though the five or six deleted scenes involving this triangle are intriguing to see, I think I like the final film's decision to simply allude to the tension between the three characters instead of turning the middle part of the movie into an episode of "As the Hulk Turns".
There are one or two deleted scenes involving General Ross that I wished were kept in the film. Though never depicting him as warm and fuzzy, a couple of those scenes showed that his motivation to capture the Hulk and harness his power, though misguided, didn't come from an evil place. If they were included in the film, those scenes would have made it easier to swallow the General's semi-change of heart at the end when he decides to extend an olive branch to Bruce and join forces with him to take down the Abomination. That's a quibble, though. The film and its developments in the current cut still work; there's just less explicit evidence on display that the General is capable of making that emotional leap.
Other treats abound. There's a fun little cameo involving Iron Man's alter-ego Tony Stark which was clearly moved from its original "Easter egg" post-closing credits position to the final scene in the main body of the movie after the huge success of "Iron Man". As said, it's an enjoyable cameo, but a little confusing: Is Tony asking General Ross to help him recruit the Hulk into the new super-team he's forming or offering the use of that team to help Ross take down the Hulk? I guess we'll have to wait for the next round of Marvel movies to find out. Also fun but somewhat under-written was the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, where we see him as an innocent bystander who drinks some gamma-infected soda pop (the scenario is not as inane as it sounds) and then freezes up and drops the soda bottle. It's amazing to me that they missed the opportunity to have him writhe on the ground and turn at least a little green, if only for a moment. Oh, well.
More about the three-disc DVD I bought: Though generous, the set is not as lavish as the term "three-disc DVD" might suggest. The first disc is the movie (looks and sounds great) along with a commentary track; the second disc contains a thirty-minute or so "making of" piece, a few short (about ten minutes each) companion pieces that provide additional details about different aspects of the production, the deleted scenes I mentioned, and a cute piece (a few minutes long) showing how a scene from the movie was inspired by a scene in the comics. The third disc is simply a digital copy of the film that you can upload and watch on your PC.
I hope that the DVD release of "The Incredible Hulk" puts the movie over the top financially, offsetting its somewhat lackluster box office (so much for blowing the Ang Lee film out of the water). It would be be nice to see another chapter in this saga, after all, and without having to suffer through another re-boot, or semi-reboot, or whatever confusing technique they'd end up employing in a hand-wringing gesture to overthink the concept of what people want from this character that's simultaneously highly commercial and "what's he really about?" offbeat.
Movie is good. Three disc special edition is a disappointme
D. Gervasi | New York | 12/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I like Ang Lee's Hulk. I thought that was a great movie. I enjoyed the, Sins of the Father, storyline. The characters, Bruce Banner and the Hulk's persona were portrayed well by the actors.
I like The Incredible Hulk, too. The story was strong and the actors did what they needed to do with the characters to move the story along. Tim Roth is a great actor, yet the Abomination isn't the greatest adversary.
**** Spoiler: The inclusion of Tony Stark and Stark Industries in the movie are cool and possibly an exciting thing to look forward to in upcoming films! ****
I am not impressed with the three disc special edition. I was expecting an alternate version included with extended scenes and added footage.
The alternate opening is nothing to write home about.
**** Spoiler: There is a blurry silhouette that is supposedly Captain America frozen in ice. It's there, yet it doesn't clearly resemble Captain America. ****
The second disc of extras are okay, yet why more deleted scenes?
Why a third disc solely for a digital copy? They could have released an alternate cut of the film on the third disc. Especially, with all those deleted scenes.
There are some two disc and three disc special edition releases that merit purchasing. The Incredible Hulk isn't one of them. The single disc edition would suffice.