The Incredible Hulk (2008, Monster Action Movie) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
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
Producer: Avi Arad
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
Producer: Kevin Feige
Writer (Screen Story): Zak Penn
Writer (Screenplay): Zak Penn
Director: Louis Leterrier

Incredible Hulk, The (2008)

Bruce Banner has been living under the radar (in Brazil) trying to keep his Hulk side in check while working on a cure. He has been receiving assistance from anonymous internet acquaintance Mr. Blue but a trip home to retrieve data from the original gamma radiation project means coming face-to-face with his past and a present he must leave behind for their own safety.

6/10

Reasonably enjoyable monster mash movie with a number of decent action scenes and an unexpectedly impressive Tim Roth tree splat but, ultimately, there’s no depth behind the super-pummeling. Contemporary movie makers still haven’t twigged that CGI monster battles are largely worthless as drama and that leaves the college campus mid-point action scene as the best Hulk scene thanks to the Hulk and Betty interaction (though her horror at the Hulk taking out Tim Roth is swiftly ignored). Prior to that, director Louis Leterrier delivers a very nice shadowy Hulk sequence in a bottle factory, the much wanted cameos for Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno (“You the man!”) and the Lonely Man theme tune.

This movie contains mild swear words and extreme violence against humans, extreme fantasy violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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