Incredible Hulk

Incredible Hulk

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Director: Louis Leterrier

Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth

     
 

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Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break free from his primal alter ego, but both the warmongers who long to exploit him for their own gain and a horrific creature known as The Abomination are determined to stop him from achieving his noble goal in TransporterSee more details below

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Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break free from his primal alter ego, but both the warmongers who long to exploit him for their own gain and a horrific creature known as The Abomination are determined to stop him from achieving his noble goal in Transporter 2 director Louis Leterrier's take on the classic Marvel Comics superhero tale. For years, Bruce (Edward Norton) has been living in the shadows, pursued by the military and haunted by the rage within. But traveling the world in secrecy isn't easy, and as hard as he tries Bruce can't get Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) off his mind. The daughter of Bruce's nemesis Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt), Betty represents everything that is beautiful in the world to a man who lives his life on the run. Eventually, Bruce returns to civilization and faces the wrath of The Abomination. While the Hulk may be a formidable force of nature, The Abomination is decidedly more powerful, and determined to destroy Bruce Banner. Created when KGB agent Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) exposed himself to a higher dose of the same radiation that transformed Bruce into The Hulk, The Abomination is unable to change back into human form and holds Bruce accountable for his frightful condition. With time fast running out for both Bruce and The Hulk, New York City is about to become the ultimate urban battle zone as two of the most powerful creatures ever to walk the earth clash in a massive, no-holds-barred fight to the finish.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Marvel Studios hits another home run with this highly satisfying revamp of their big green gamma gargantuan in The Incredible Hulk, a superhero romp that delivers solid dramatics when it's not rousing the audience with heavy doses of rock-'em sock-'em action. Taking cues from the Bill Bixby television show proved to be a smart move by the filmmaking trio of screenwriter Zak Penn, director Louis Leterrier, and star (along with uncredited script doctor) Edward Norton. Going back to Bruce Banner's on-the-run storyline successfully gives the film an immediacy that plays well into Leterrier's deft delivery of suspenseful set pieces. Another angle that plays well is the film's scope and use of location -- from the impressive Brazilian locales to the dreamlike pollen-filled air of early summer in Virginia, the size, color, and overall feel couldn't be more refreshing after the arid surroundings that housed Ang Lee's monster with daddy issues in the desert outing. As a revitalization of the franchise, the revamp works from minute one. Smartly, the studio once again put its trust in some gutsy casting, populating the film with sufficient talent that leaves the awkward days of Ben Affleck and Jessica Alba in the dust. The similarities between the production and its equally successful 2008 cinematic cousin, Iron Man, are evident in the casts alone. Just as Jeff Bridges lent an air of respectability to that picture as the heavy, so here does William Hurt in the role of General Ross, the war-mongering father to the film's love interest, Betty Rossa (capably played by Liv Tyler). Aiding him is Tim Roth, who, as viewers have seen in the past (most notably in Rob Roy), exceeds at being a dastardly counterbalance of the protagonist -- in whom we're handed a curious but inspired choice in Norton. The actor brings a nice gravity to the role of Bruce Banner, a character whose battles with self-control greatly figures into the crux of this performance. Never straying too far into melodrama, with bits of humor spread throughout (thanks to a welcome key role from none other than Tim Blake Nelson), the cast of The Incredible Hulk strikes a unique tonal balance all their own and manages to sustain a valid take on the material over the course of the nearly two-hour time frame. As for the main monster himself, he's handled very much in a smart way -- mysterious at first, then taking center stage as the two-fisted misunderstood hero later on in the pic. Effects-wise, the green beast is a vivid onscreen presence hampered only by a scant amount of far-too-fast movements, which in its defense, hampers most of his other effects-driven contemporaries around this time (i.e. Transformers). Otherwise, there are a handful of inspired performance-driven animated scenes at play here -- best seen in the softer moments that push the character beyond his patented "Hulk Smash!" tagline. Thankfully the production knows that that is exactly what much of the audience is there for -- and it has no problem delivering the smashing scenes with gamma-radiated gusto. When it comes down to it, the film achieves what it set out to do -- successfully revive a character in such a familiar way that audiences don't get wrapped up in the semantics of whether it's a sequel, prequel, or doggone reinterpretation. This is the Hulk that everyone knows and loves -- and it's a pleasure to see him roar the way he's always been intended to.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
UPC:
0025195039918
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:00:00

Special Features

Disc 1 -Deleted scenes; Feature Commentary; ; Disc 2 - All-new alternate opening; ; The Making of Incredible ; Becoming the Abomination; From Comic Book to Screen; ; Becoming the Hulk; Anatomy of the Hulk-Out; ; Disc 3 - Digital Copy of the Film

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Norton Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Liv Tyler Betty Ross
Tim Roth Emil Blonsky
William Hurt Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
Tim Blake Nelson Samuel Sterns
Ty Burrell Leonard
Christina Cabot Major Kathleen Sparr
Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk/Security Guard

Technical Credits
Louis Leterrier Director
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
Kevin Feige Producer
Michael A. Helfant Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
John Wright Editor
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Stan Lee Executive Producer
David Maisel Executive Producer
Laray Mayfield Casting
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
Zak Penn Original Story,Screenwriter
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
John G. Scotti Asst. Director
Rick Shaine Editor
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
Vincent Tabaillon Editor
Jim Van Wyck Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Incredible Hulk
1. Self-Control (Main Titles) [5:48]
2. Chasing Flowers [7:02]
3. Gamma Poisoning [3:18]
4. On the Move [5:06]
5. Target Required [5:10]
6. Going Home [4:14]
7. Super Soldier [3:28]
8. Missing Data [6:10]
9. Reunion [7:10]
10. Locked In [8:23]
11. "Is That All You Got?" [6:30]
12. Too Much Excitement [1:33]
13. Time To Meet [3:55]
14. Anger Management [4:23]
15. Test Subjects [7:31]
16. I Want More [4:09]
17. It Has To Be Me [6:24]
18. Power [6:36]
19. Without Incident [5:36]
20. End Titles [2:53]

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