16 June 2008

The Incredible Hulk

Spanks - 4

Director - Louis Leterrier

Writer - Zac Penn

Starring - Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Release Date - 13 June 08

MPAA Rating - PG-13

The Incredible Hulk
goes above and beyond the 2003 Ang Lee version. There is no neon green hulk, no fights with mutant dogs, and there is an actual villain in this movie. This one doesn't pretend the Ang Lee version never happened, but it also does not continue exactly where that one ended. The Lee film was an origin story and in the Louis Leterrier film the only mention to how Bruce Banner became The Hulk's is during the opening credits.

This film opens with Banner (Ed Norton) on the run from General Ross (William Hurt) in hiding in Brazil trying to find a cure for himself. General Ross wants Banner to test him to create an army of super soldiers. He enlist Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), a decorated member of the United Kingdom Special Forces, to capture Banner.

The Incredible Hulk is influenced by the television show starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, as Leterrier and Norton are big fans of the show. The film has a similar tone as the show. Ferrigno even does the voice of The Hulk and Marvel got the rights to "The Lonely Man Theme" which is used over the closing credits.

The effects used to create Hulk are a million times better then the last film. Hulk and Abomination look more real. They are given colors that are more natural that would fit in nature. They did not over due the special effects and use all green screens during the fight sequences, they were shot on location. During production 4 blocks of Toronto were shut down and made to look like New York City for the confrontation between Abomination and The Hulk.

The film, like Iron Man, has many references to other characters in the Marvel universe and to future planned movies. Tony Stark even has a cameo!

You can take your girlfriend too because it is also a love story between Banner and Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Now you don't have a reason not to go see The Incredible Hulk.

There is nothing at the end of the credits like in Iron Man. You don't have to watch them if you don't want to.

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