HulkDirector: Ang Lee
Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. Emotionally stunted Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is part of a research team at the University of California at Berkeley. Corporate hustler Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) takes notice of the lab and makes plans to take it over. Then Bruce accidentally gets hit by an experimental ray and grows into a huge beast, destroying the lab in the process. A creepy janitor who claims to be his real father, Dr. David Banner (Nick Nolte), starts to secretly use the experimental ray on himself. He creates some mutant dogs and sends them after Bruce's lab mate and ex-girlfriend Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly). After Bruce saves her life in the form of the Hulk, she lets her distant father, General Ross (Sam Elliott), take him to an abandoned army base in the desert. However, Glenn Talbot takes over the operation and wants to patent the creature's superpowers for his own profit, so he holds Bruce unconscious in an isolation tank. When provoked, Bruce turns into the Hulk and makes a break for San Francisco, leading to a desert chase sequence involving military aircraft, tanks, and bombs. Only the sight of Betty can make him turn back to his human form. When he is eventually captured, Dr. David Banner shows up for a final confrontation with his son and his old adversary, General Ross.
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- Universal Studios
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- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Eric Bana||Dr. Bruce Banner|
|Jennifer Connelly||Dr. Betty Ross|
|Sam Elliott||General "Thunderbolt" Ross|
|Josh Lucas||Major Glenn Talbot|
|Nick Nolte||Dr. David Banner|
|Ricardo Aguilar||Boy's Father|
|Cara Buono||Edith Banner|
|Todd Lee Coralli||Soldier|
|Craig Damon||Security Guard|
|Reggie Davis||Security Guard|
|Mike Erwin||Teenage Bruce Banner|
|Lou Ferrigno||Head of Security|
|Toni Kallen||Delivery Nurse|
|Louanne Kelley||Delivery Doctor|
|Paul Kersey||Young David Banner|
|Paul H. Kim||Officer|
|David Kronenberg||Bruce Banner as a Child|
|Michael Kronenberg||Bruce Banner as a Child|
|Daniella Kuhn||Edith's Friend|
|Brooke Langton||Jennifer Sossman|
|Stan Lee||Security Guard|
|John Littlefield||Security NCO|
|Sean Mahon||Comanche Pilot|
|John A. Maraffi||Technician|
|Randy Neville||F-22 Pilot|
|John Prosky||Atheon Technician|
|Regina McKee Redwing||National Security Advisor|
|Geoffrey Scott||The President|
|David St. Pierre||Technician|
|David Sutherland||Tank Commander|
|Todd Tesen||Young Thaddeus Ross|
|Brett Thacher||Comanche Pilot|
|Celia Weston||Mrs. Krensler|
|Kirk B.R. Woller||Comanche Pilot|
|Rhiannon Leigh Wryn||Young Betty Ross|
|Daniel Dae Kim||Aide|
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I went into this movie thinking it would be so great, but it sucked. I didn't get half of what was going on! Even if I did get what was going on, it was still completely boring. I hope they do not make a sequel.
I didnt like this movie. CGI looked great story was long and dragged. if you do watch it be ready to hit fast forward alot...
All right, yes the story is terrible, there is barely anything with the HULK but Common! The effects are amazing (except for the dogs. I hate to knock on ILM but, they could have done better) and the action sequences are very exceptional. besides, who ever said the film had to have plot and character development to just be fun! Give it a break, and enjoy this thriller.
This was a horrible adaptation of the comic book. The story of his becoming the Hulk was drug on forever, and had very little action. I was also disapointed not to see his fighting more of his enemies like Wendigo.
I liked this new take on the Hulk. At least they made him capable of the fantastic feats in the comic unlike the TV show. The story needed to be updated regarding the origin since the original was tied to the testing of weapons during the time of the war/cold war. DNA mutations/manipulations are alot more interesting, although the origin story from the TV show was actually pretty good. They are working on another Hulk movie with a different director- we'll see how that turns out.
I am a big HULK fan, but when I saw this movie I was dissapointed! The plot takes forever to build up, The story leads on and on as if it were lost, and The HULK was the most dissapointing! He looked like Shrek on staroids! Bad film! Stick to the original TV Show!
To me, Hulk is one of the greatest Marvel-Comic characters to hit the big screen. The film was great. It was quite creative how they made many scenes like the pages of comic books. In this film unlike many others, we can understand who these characters are and why they are the way they are. Also, the visuals are great. If you don't know, Hulk was the worst performing film that was based on a marvel-comic superhero. It is not considered a sucess compared to the films that came before it. But who cares about that. In this film adaptation, he is made out into a monster movie rather than a superhero film. He does perform some heroic acts in the film. But for the most part, this is a monster film. But that is not a bad thing. This movie had a great storyline and great acting also. It had great visual effects so good, I almost thought that it was a real person. I believe that this movie is a lot better than Spider-Man or X-Men. We learn a lot about the green giant that we don't learn from other characters. However, the running time of the movie is longer than any comic book based movie since Superman in 1978. That probably angered some people. But for the very most part, Hulk is so much better than it looks. Ang Lee does a great job in showing what the characters in this movie actually think. I recommend that this movie be seen by all.
I may just be the exception to the rule, but I thought Lee's restraint in directing made the movie- that is it wasn't just 2 hours of daring-do and smashing the bad guys, he developed characters and gave them reasons for their actions. Pretentious? Sure. But a lot more fun than movies that present action without context.
This version is the best Hulk presentation I have ever seen. This movie has been under-rated, that is why we should not go by what the official critics think. The premise, transformation, and the action was so realistic. I give this movie two thumbs up.
I SAW THIS MOVIE AND I LOVE IT AND MY MOM THINKS IT BAD
I was never a hulk fan but I saw a documentary on TV so I decided to see the movie. After I saw it I was amazed. The split screen technique and transitions made it look and feel like a comic book. The visual effects are amazing and the acting makes this movie probably the most belieavable of all comic book movies. This is how comic to movie adaptng should be.
I missed this in the theaters so was looking forward to it on DVD. Leave it to Ang Lee to take on another genre and nail it. I watched this twice the first night I rented it and bought it a week later. It loses nothing with multiple viewings. Like X-Men, director Lee made outstanding casting choices which raises this above standard super-hero fare and turns it into a brilliant, albeit dark, character study. Jennifer Connelly (who not only turns in a wonderful performance but is absolutely stunning!), Sam Elliot and especially Nick Nolte all turn in Oscar worthy performances. I think the bad box office killed any award possibilities which usually are heaped upon most of Lee's films. Eric Bana is the one weak cast member, but his awkward speech patterns (I think he's Australian) fit okay into the nerdy and stunted personality of his character. The Hulk effects range between excellent and so-so, but the star of The Hulk is the story not the FX. This movie uses the focal point of the father/son relationship of Superman the Movie (still the best superhero epic) and turns it on its ear. Where Clark Kent had his brilliant loving Kryptonian Father, Jor-el and equally loving and caring Jonathan Kent on earth, to David Banner poor Bruce is nothing more than an experiment gone wrong, a failed research project to dissect and study. Chilling.
I thought this was a great movie. It was beautifully done and nice to see Ang Lee's sensibilities brought to a superhero film. I also enjoyed how the film progressed through smaller windows, sometimes simultaneously, giving the viewer a feeling of a comic book being brought to life. I think this movie got a couple of bad reviews when it opened, for whatever reason, and those had a snowball effect on some viewers' experience of the film. However, I think that if you watch it with an open mind there is really little to complain about here, and much to applaud. I also should mention that Jennifer Connelly's beauty is completely & inexplicably mesmerizing in this movie. I would highly recommend this film.
I saw this movie with my sister in theatre and I have to say, I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting it for Christmas. But, I have to say, you must really pay attention to the beginning or you'll be lost the rest of the way through.
If you like comic book movies this one is just fine. It is a little long but the special effects more than make up for it! I think the sequal will be better if they make one.