A Disappointing Green?

What It Is About:
A green man sequel who was in search for a cure to his greenness which in the end save the world by defeating a ruthless-green-wannabe. Oh, and it was based on the Marvel comic book.

Action, Fantasy, Sci-fi

PG-13 - for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content

Running Time:
1 hour 54 minutes

The Incredible Hulk 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 cure 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. As 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 Incredible Hulk. - IGN

Bottom Line:
  • The CGI effects sometimes look off - especially when the battle with the Abomination monster at the end of the movie. Definitely not as good as Iron Man nor as cute as Kung Fu Panda. In other word, it was a bit disappointing for a summer blockbuster.
  • Not sure if The Incredible Hulk could give a strong fight in the battle of summer movies.

  • It is far much better than the Ang Lee's Hulk (2003) installment which I barely remember the plot and story. Not to mention that my friend has snoozed out half of the movie and snoring in my ears. This time around, all three of us are still alive and kicking when we got out from the cinema.
  • Although the opening premier is lesser than the first Hulk, the movie is all time 6th best opening for a non-sequel comic book adaptation and the best opening for Edward Norton and French 's director, Louis Leterrier (according to Fantasy Moguls).
  • A nice way to promote green products to children and adult alike.
  • Love the scene when Bruce and Betty try to make love but Bruce has to stop it because he doesn't want "to get too excited". Oh well, not all superheroes are perfect!

Not Likely To Be In It:
A love scene. But you could see (barely) Edward Nortan's naked ass.

It was okay for me but not great. Love the story line, hate the graphics. Lobe the imperfections of Hulk (clumsy and emotional conflict) but hate the loud and unnecessary sound effects especially during the battle. Overall, seeing a steroid-enhanced-bigger-than-life-and-green superheroes is not a bad way to spend my otherwise dull Thursday morning.

Bluecrystaldude's Rating:

Other Reviews:
  • IMDB - 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - 64%
  • The New York Times - 3.5/5 "... a slightly improved version ..."
  • Reel.com - 3/4 "Save for Roth's super soldier, the characters experience minimal growth from start to finish."
  • THR.com - "The confrontation between the Incredible Hulk and the Abomination is a CGI pig-out, so all contact with story or characters is lost. But the film has built up enough good will to withstand this third-act letdown."
  • Examiner.com - 2 stars "Hulk isn't incredible."
  • IGN - 2.5/5 stars "Hulk's CG redesign is more in line with original brow-heavy illustrations, but his overall photorealism has seemingly not progressed since 2003"
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