The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Plot: After an accident with gamma radiation which causes him to turn into a green monster with incredible strength, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is on the run from the U.S. Military while trying to find a cure for his disease.
My first reaction to this film is that it kicks the shit out of the putrid Ang Lee Hulk. The only real annoying aspect about this movie is no one knew if this was a re-boot, sequel, re-boot/sequel, I don’t know…I’m just going to take it as a re-boot and pretend Ang Lee’s version never happened. It’s all different actors. They tell the entire origin story in the credit sequence which we’ve never seen before. Edward Norton is great as Bruce Banner. He really drives this whole project. All the supporting characters are strong as well. I love Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, the real villain of the film. He’s so obsessed with beating the Hulk. He even takes a shot to the bone marrow to improve his strength…that looked really painful. William Hurt as General Ross is also great, and they do a good job of building a strong relationship between Banner and Betty Ross played by Liv Tyler. Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) from Modern Family even shows up. This poor guy…I couldn’t take him seriously at all. Every time he opened his mouth, I chuckled. There is no way I’m not thinking of Phil Dunphy when he’s on screen. Sorry dude. Tim Blake Nelson also comes in as a quirky scientist who tries to cure Banner. He’s kind of annoying, but works for the most part. When he’s creating the Abomination, the scene got a little hokey. Probably the best part about this film though is the score. It kicks ass. Craig Armstrong really knocked it out of the park. There’s a fantastic foot chase inSouth America, and the music is just stellar. I often run to it, so there you go. This is a damn good movie, packed with action…in other words the exact opposite of the 2004 version.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Edward Norton as Bruce Banner
-I almost went with Tim Roth, but Norton really puts this movie on his shoulders. There’s a great moment where he’s running from the military but has to slow down or he’ll turn into the Hulk. The concern on his face as he’s panting heavily is conveyed really well.
Worst Performance: Liv Tyler as Betty Ross
-She’s actually pretty solid, but there just weren’t a lot of options. She tends to have one tone throughout the movie.
Best Line: “Where is it? Come on! Where is it? Show him to me!” –Emil Blonsky
-This guy is crazy, but always up for a challenge. He’s actually trying to get the Hulk out so he can fight it. This line sums up the character perfectly.
Worst Line: “Sweet…Booya.” –Random army guy about to fire his rocket launcher
-Come on…booya!? Ugh.
-The Hulk vs. the Abomination at the end was simply amazing. They just bash the shit out of each other. Awesome fight!
-Why does Banner put his entire life on the line when he asks to be dropped out of the helicopter? I know he’s trying to get the Hulk out, but there’s definitely a chance it won’t work. I have to think there was another way to induce it without potentially killing himself.
-The attack at the college where they try and catch Banner is pretty sweet. Hulk throws a bunch of stuff, the military tries to defeat him with these awesome Guile like sonic boom guns, it’s got it all. The only thing that gets to me is when students start taking video and pictures with their cell phones. I hate when this happens in an action movie!
-The news report where some kid goes, ‘It was so big, it was like this huge…Hulk.’ I hate that the Hulk gets his name from some obnoxious college kid.
-After taking the cab of death inNew York, Betty screams at the cab driver ‘Are you out of your mind!’ This is funny, because Betty is always calm, and Liv Tyler’s performance was on the monotone side. But to suddenly hear her absolutely yell at the top of her lungs was really funny.
Bad Ass Moment:
-When Betty’s helicopter catches fire, Hulk smashes his hands together as the force of impact extinguishes the fire.