The Incredible Hulk

June 13th, 2008








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The Incredible Hulk

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Plot
Dr. Bruce Banner, thanks to a gamma ray experiment gone wrong, transforms into a giant green-skinned hulk whenever his pulse rate gets too high. Meanwhile, a soldier uses the same technology to become an evil version of the original.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.0/10 (127,298 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Louis Leterrier

Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth

Storyline
Depicting the events after the Gamma Bomb. 'The Incredible Hulk' tells the story of Dr Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges; The Abomination.

Writers: Zak Penn, Zak Penn

Cast:
Edward Norton - Bruce Banner
Liv Tyler - Betty Ross
Tim Roth - Emil Blonsky
William Hurt - General 'Thunderbolt' Ross
Tim Blake Nelson - Samuel Sterns
Ty Burrell - Leonard
Christina Cabot - Major Kathleen Sparr
Peter Mensah - General Joe Greller
Lou Ferrigno - The Incredible Hulk / Security Guard (voice)
Paul Soles - Stanley
Débora Nascimento - Martina
Greg Bryk - Commando
Chris Owens - Commando
Al Vrkljan - Commando (as Alan Vrkljan)
Adrian Hein - Commando

Taglines: On June 13, get ready to unleash the beast.



Details

Official Website: Sony Pictures [Japan] |

Release Date: 13 June 2008

Filming Locations: Arlington, Virginia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $55,414,050 (USA) (15 June 2008) (3505 Screens)

Gross: $263,427,551 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
William Hurt was under consideration for the role of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg. Another role, that of Gen. John Buford, ended up being played by Sam Elliot, who played Gen. Ross in Hulk.

Goofs:
Factual errors: Emil Blonsky is supposedly a British officer "seconded" (detached) to the U.S. Army. Foreign officers on detached duty to the American armed forces do not wear American uniforms as Blonsky does in one scene. Only duly enlisted or commissioned members of the U.S. armed forces who have taken an oath of allegiance to the U.S. are allowed to wear the U.S. uniform.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Bruce Banner: Is it ready?



User Review

Attention - Origin Mixture!!!

Rating: 9/10

For those that know only of the original comic book Hulk, the TV series Hulk, or the regrettable Ang Lee Hulk, you should know that this new version is a mixture of origins.

Without spoiling it, one of the larger ingredients in this new Hulk comes from a Marvel series that is an alternate universe. There are many differences in the Ultimates Universe. In this version, Banner did not get his gamma radiation from exposure during an experimental bomb explosion. I won't spoil it, but you can go to www.marvel.com and look under "Ultimates" if you wish to get the gist of it.

I can truly say that this version captures a little of everything, so that no matter what your knowledge is of the Hulk character, there's tie-ins to everything.

Personally, I felt this reboot was well thought out. It allows for any future connectivity by not limiting it to one version of the Hulk. This will allow future Marvel movie-makers the ability to pick and choose aspects from the multitude of alternate universes, re-tellings, and time spans to combine whatever they please.

This was well cast. When the overall product can make me forget the fact that I don't like a specific actor, and truly appreciate the total entertainment experience, it's something to smile about. I won't mention which one I don't care for, since all that will do is spark useless debate.

Story - intricate and intelligent, fast-paced, yet deeply explanatory, complex, yet easily taken in by non-geeks. Enough references to the true comic, alternate comic, and TV show, that everyone in the sneak peek seemed to be pleased. I surely was.

CGI was great. Don't know why some have to nit-pick, but you can't please everyone, I guess. Action was wonderful with plenty of it! If you've ever read one of my reviews, you'll know that I'm a true fan of overall entertainment. While I have favorites, I don't base reviews on just one actor, writer, director, production company, genre, or whatever. So, if you don't like my opinion, so be it.




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