Incredible Hulk, The
Dr. Bruce Banner is on the run, a fugitive from the government. In a freak science experiment our hero has been transformed into a monster, as a result killing several scientists and military personnel but more tragically, hurting the one he loves.

Now hiding out in Brazil, Banner works below the radar with a mysterious Mr Blue in search for a cure against the beast within. After one stupid mistake and killing Stan Lee, the military is again on Banner's head. Losing control and releasing the Hulk, Banner escapes back into America desperately in search for his cure.

Meanwhile Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) , an incredible but older soldier, obsesses over the green giant. When given the opportunity to test a new serum that will enable him to battle Banner, he gropes for the opportunity. Unsure of the effects, he is only given a very small dose. When feeling the power and tasting the rage he demands more. Against all warnings he slowly becomes the Abomination that only the Hulk can defeat.

After seeing the trailer there were only two strands of hope that this would be a good movie. One is that Edward Norton was involved in the screenplay. The second was that Tim Roth was excited about the project. As both of my hopes became realities I was left satisfied and pleased.

Edward Norton was perfect as Bruce Banner. I loved the depth added to his story. A skinny surviving little man, entirely alone, trying to find the cure to his disease. Controlling his rage and testing his endurance, he works everyday for the cure of his inner demon.

Tim Roth was equally solid. Russian born, lived in England... the mercenary like soldier bonds with General Ross (William Hurt) to bring down the giant creature. I loved the gradual decline of his character. Unlike Ironman where Jeff Bridges was always bad and is suddenly in his giant suit, Roth slowly becomes the Abomination. At each battle scene he gains more strength, more agility, and more addiction to the rage.

I only have two complaints about the movie. I was unconvinced by some of Liv Tyler's acting. There were some awkward moments but I can't really specifically remember what they were. Maybe it was the "items from her purse" scene, or the "squirming in bed, I miss you scene". In contrast she cancels out the awkward when in the cave and in Mr. Blue's laboratory (not to be confused with lavatory). I loved her in both of these scenes.

I was anticipating bad CG but to be honest there were never really any moments of disbelief. I love through the first half of the movie that they keep Hulk in the shadows and quickly passing through the frame. It's not until halfway through the movie that you see the monster in the broad daylight. I think if they would have cut their trailers a little better the reveal of the Hulk would have been all that more powerful. I felt they revealed too many of their cards in the advertisements.

Speaking of reveals, that was one of my favorite things about the movie... THE REVEALS. The opening of the movie, the reveal of Bruce as the Hulk, the reveal of Tim Roth, the reveal of Liv finally seeing Bruce for the first time, the reveal of Roth as the Abomination, and last but not least... the reveal of Robert Downey Jr ;) Director Lois Leterrier sets up his scenes perfectly. This is probably my favorite aspect of the movie. Very well crafted scenes. OH! And there are some pretty sick chase scenes as well... another favorite aspect of the movie.

Obviously this movie's success is going to be compared to Ironman and obviously I'm going to have something to say about it too...So... I feel that Ironman has a completely different feel and soul than Hulk. Hulk takes itself very serious and tries to deliver more of the raw goods than say Jr.'s smart remarks and funny suit tests. While both movies are milestones in the superhero genre I enjoyed Hulk more than Ironman. I enjoy the serious side of cinema more so the than laughing one. The best Ironman scenes left me with a grin and the best Hulk scenes left me with a dropped jaw.

I very much enjoyed the movie. I'm not saying the movie is without flaw. It's so close but too far away from a perfect score. Fortunately Norton and Leterrier deliver the movie with style and thought that gives us more than anyone (except Paul) bargained for. I am still amazed by some of the scenes.




Reviewed by: shea
38 Comment(s)
Nick said...
aw! You spoiled Stan Lee's cameo for me! Gah. Anyway, I'll go see this one later today, probably. I saw The Happening last night (review at my blog). Glad to hear it was good.
Okay, so I saw it (and review is up). The movie was freaking AWESOME. I had only 'blah' expectations for it, but it blew me out of the water.

I really have no idea which one I liked better: Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk. Though, like I say in my review, The Hulk had a MUCH more satisfying climax than Iron Man did.

Otherwise, I agree with practically everything you said in your review. Though I didn't have the boner for 'the reveals' that you did :P .
I'm so confused and I have been since they started airing the previews for this one. Didn't they just recently make a movie about the hulk with Eric Bana? Was this a sequel/prequel or an entirely seperate Hulk project? I suppose it doesn't really matter either way as I didn't see the Bana version and likely won't see this one either (although your comments about Tim Roth's performance did make me think twice...tempting).

Suddenly it seems as though 2008 is "The Year of the Superhero". Next thing you know they'll be making a Wonder Woman movie...oh...wait. They are.
Nick said...
Karen: It's a reboot, much like Batman Begins was for the Batman franchise. Except they did it this time because the 2003 version with Eric Bana sucked really bad. And they did an excellent job with this one. If you're a superhero/comic book movie fan, I'd recommend checking it out. If not... I'd recommend checking it out anyway, especially for the Edward Norton/Tim Roth performances.
Shea said...
I am glad you liked it Nick. I have to watch myself because when I go to the movies late on opening night I can get a little carried away with my experience. For example... I loved Spiderman 3 before everyone else in the world sent out the memo that I was supposed to hate it ;)
Nick said...
Shea: Don't worry... I still don't hate SM3 as much as everybody else does. In fact, I have a super-long review thing defending it that I wrote ages ago before I had my blog... but I have yet to post it up at R2D2.
Andy said...
I loved The Hulk. It was everything I wanted and needed it to be. Ed Norton was a great mild mannered Banner....likable, intelligent, sympathetic. Tim Roth was a great bad solder. Not evil at first...just overly ambitious. I'd heard a lot about the cg not being the believable, but I never had a problem with it. The fight/chase scenes were intense. The climax with the Abomination was perfect. I loved the open, - the first chase - the fight scene with Roth as the super soldier - the cave scene - the lab scene and the ending. As for 1 thing I did not like was the flying through cyberspace emails animation to find keywords...lame. That was the only time I thought "what is ths?" Overall...better than my expectations.
Nick said...
Andy: Totally... but I really can't seem to remember the emails thing you're talking about (and I just saw it yesterday!).

I did love the opening, though. It gave basically the entire origin story within the opening credits so that the movie didn't have to focus on setting it up whatsoever.
Nick said...
OH. Nevermind, I remember what you're talking about now. When the military dudes are searching for 'Mr. Green' and 'Mr. Blue'.
Adam said...
DELICIOUS
Paul said...
Yeah, no pun intended, this movie really was Incredible. Yes Shea I thought this movie would be good, but I still had low expectations. Certainly the most surprisingly great movie of the summer (sorry Speed Racer), and I'd even say...best movie this summer?

Great, great job creating the Hulk and Banner, I actually felt sympathetic towards them (which I never really cared one way or the other before). The rage in the Hulk was brought out perfectly, to the point when he would scream I would get goosebumps...esp during the final sequence. Also, the action was top notch...blew the finale from Iron Man out of the water.

Loved Stark, and think that Marvel will soon become the most powerful movie studio.

Hollywood: Um...hey Marvel...can we have some of your stories, we seem to be out :-/

Marvel: Uh yeah sorry, we've been working on these for ab 60 years, go make your own.

Hollywood: (despondently hangs head...future looks grim)
Andy said...
I liked Iron Man but thought The Hulk was way better. Not as fluffy and better villain.
Shea said...
My sister didnt like the Hulk so much...

She said she hated the part where he HULK SMASHES and blows out the fire with a CLAP...

oh... I am embarrassed. Don't worry... I will talk to her. Set her straight.
Nick said...
The fire/clap thing bugged me at first, too... but a few seconds later, I shrugged it off. I loved 'HULK SMASH!' though :P .

Paul: I had low expectations for this movie, but it still comes in second place on the surprise-o-meter (first going to Speed Racer). Nothing surprised me as much as SR did. Though I'm not saying SR is the better movie; just that it surprised me more. So far, to me, Hulk and Iron Man have been the two best movies of the summer, Speed Racer in third.
Dishon said...
I dont normally share my opinion as i usually wait for netflix to send me the movies you review, but I'd like to weigh in on this one.

Overall, i loved the movie aside from Liv Tyler's acting like she was still an elf in LOTR. What i want to bring up is in the scene with Roth when he gets the first injection and he's fighting the hulk w/ the super speed and agility, all i could think about was how awesome the captain america movie is going to be. I can only imagine that cap will be nearly identical in his movement and fighting in the movie.

Now if they'd only cast Paul Walker as cap i can die a happy man.
Shea said...
Holy crap... Dishon knows we exist? This is awesome. Close the site down we have served our purpose.

I agree with your Cap'n comments. Is Leo still in the running? I don't see it... how about Freddie Prince and Diesel as Thor?

Adam said...
Yeah Nick (Dishon) - I kept thinking that too, seeing Blonsky outrunning whole squads of troops, doing crazy acrobatics and whatnot was awesome - I think captain america will be amazing, though I still wonder who will atually play Cap.

I think Josh Duhamel (Transformers) would be a good Cap - but who knows, I'm fine with Leo actually. I'd rather it be him than some nobody w/ muscles.

Thor? That can only be played by Brad Pitt - if he doesn't do it, I'll be nervous. I can only imagine a Thor movie with TRIPLE H...
Dishon said...
What can I say, i read most of your reviews, i just cant post comments until 5 months later when the DVD comes out, and by then everyone is tired of talking about it.

But yeah, last I heard Leo was going to be cast, which is ridiculous as Cap was tall, roughly 6'4"ish I'd say and Leo is 5'11" according to the interwebz.
Paul said...
I would like to see Josh Duhamel and Brad Pitt. I'm sure Leo would probably work, but I have a hard time seeing it.
Adam said...
I'd say Jason Lewis as well, from Sex in the City - but I want him for He-Man...
Andy said...
This is getting weird....
Paul said...
Ah...I guess you enjoyed him in the Sex and the City movie?
Dishon said...
I have a hard time seeing Duhamel as an Army reject. He needs to be tall and kind of on the small side as far as muscles go, then a big transformation - kind of like Tobey in SM1 only bigger.

http://web.kitsapsun.com/1newsroom/blogphotos/capam.jpg
Shea said...
Sex in the City? What the...

We all know who has girlfriends around here... or at least whose on the leash. ;)... kidding.

OOO I want that guy Gerad Butler from PS I love You!
Andy said...
whatever...you would have been first in line if they were showing anything but old communist propaganda films and goat milking movies in Macedonia.
Shea said...
I knew you were going to backstab me...i knew it.
Paul said...
Yeah Gerard Butler would be great! Oh but wait he can't act :-/
Shea said...
He did great in PS I love you... and he can scream with the best of them.

Frank Darabont is using him so that says something.
Adam said...
Ha, you act like I've watched "Sex in the City" - that's all he's really been in, so I had nothing else to reference him by. google Jason Lewis and look at this guy, perfect for He-Man.

As for Captain America - I think that's what they're getting at with Leo, Nick. He's scrawny and short... and when he takes the serum he'll be huge, so that should be awesome.

Think Topher Grace turning into Venom... except that it doesn't suck ass.
Dishon said...
Adam - for some reason i cant imagine Topher turning into venom without it sucking.

Jason Lewis looks like a young David Hasselhoff
PS - my review For "The Incredible Hulk" is up over at the blog
Nick said...
Aw... I liked Topher in SM3...

As for Captain America? I dunno about Leo... Or Josh Duhamel.

Shea: I think it's funny that you mention Gerard Butler is the guy from 'PS I Love You' and not the guy from '300'... which would be the more obvious comparison.
Shea said...
Nick... that was the point ;)
Nick said...
Shea: lol.... I figured, but I couldn't be certain :P .
I will gladly play the role of "turd in the punch bowl" yet again. This movie sucked. It had me longing for Crystal Skull, if that tells you anything.

First half - decent.
Second half - dum da dum dum.

The clap and "Hulk smash!" were we todd ed. By the way, did you know that there's an action figure their selling called "Mega Clap Hulk?" Sounds painful.
Adam said...
The Hulk Clap was a great homage to the comics - as that's been one of his signature moves since, well, forever. I didn't think it was retarded at all - and the Hulk smash! moment was what we were all waiting for.

And the fact that they got Lou Ferigno to actually do the HULK SMASH sound? amazing!
Shea said...
Yeah... its always good to have one turn in the punch bowl but I think you just don't dig the comic. This was spot on in my opinion. So much better than all the other comic ish in the proverbial comic punch bowl.
Obviously, I'm not a fan of the comic.

I'm glad they got Ferrigno for the audio, but I still think it's uber-lame, especially considering that Blonsky's chatting it up while hulked as if he were totally normal (and no, I don't care what the reasoning for that is, as I'm sure there's some dumb reason for it).