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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Movie Review:The Incredible Hulk

Premise:A man who turns into a monster when overly stressed runs from the military.

Cast:Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Taylor as Betty Ross, William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns, Christina Cabot as Major Kathleen Sparr

Director:Louis Leterrier

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content

Genres:Action, sci-fi

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and belong to Marvel.

Pros:Fair acting. Doesn't spend half the film with the origin story. A good main villain.

Cons:Villains do nonsensical things. A pointless and overly brief love triangle.

In movies, human experiments tend to end badly. Especially when it involves super soldiers and gamma radiation. In Bruce Banner's case, it ended very badly.

Having seen the film after I watched The Avengers, it feels kind of like a prequel comic. It's not necessary to enjoy the movie, but it can be interesting. And this film certainly is. The origin story is gotten out of the way pretty quickly. In this case, it was a smart move. It lets us get right into Bruce being on the run.

The acting is fair for most of it. While I liked Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in Avengers, Edward Norton does well here. I'm not enthusiastic about the acting on the Rosses, though. But I did like Blonsky and Tim Roth's acting.

You know how in horror movies characters will do silly and reckless things for no apparent reason? That is what the villains do in this movie. Hulk has proven to handle all manner of weapons and attacks without trouble, yet they still seem to think throwing more at him will work. Even so, I liked Emil Blonsky as a bad guy.

I would like to say something about Betty's boyfriend. His inclusion in the plot isn't really necessary, considering she dumps him as soon as Bruce returns. After that, he isn't even made out to be terrible, which in most cases would be a good thing, but here it renders him irrelevant to the story.

Overall, if you want to see more of the Hulk, check this out. Otherwise, don't bother.

Sex:Bruce and Betty start to kiss partially unclothed on a bed while he grabs at her thigh and butt. They're forced to stop when Bruce's heart rate goes up. He says he can't get too excited, much to Betty's disappointment.
In the factory Bruce works before he's discovered, a man makes remarks to a woman in Portuguese. I don't know exactly what he's saying, but I'm guessing it would be considered sexual harassment. After driving recklessly, a cabbie says to Betty "What's the matter, baby? You don't like a good ride?" He then blows a kiss at her, infuriating her more.
While sneaking out, Bruce runs into a woman while she's dressing (neither he nor the audience see anything). He also ends up shirtless and in ragged pants after every transformation. He checks the size of one pair he buys against a large woman's butt. Women wear mildly revealing clothes. Men are shown shirtless. Bruce is shown naked from behind in the shower. During a moment of stress, he sees a flash of Betty laying in a bed.

Violence:Hulk shows remorse for hurting Betty, but otherwise doesn't much care who gets in his way. His rampages destroy buildings, vehicles, equipment, and people. The first time it happens, scientists are killed, Betty is hospitalized, and General Ross gets a broken arm. Hulk also kicks Blonsky into a tree. The doctors say his bones were like crushed gravel. His swollen and wounded body is shown. Missiles, tanks, and other assorted weapons are used in an attempt to stop the Hulk. Cars, people, and other things get tossed around. People try to shoot Hulk without success.
A man's head swells up in a grotesque manner. Two dogs are tranquilized. Someone tries to choke an opponent with a chain. Another stabs his enemy with a bone. A man jumps out of a helicopter. Some guys threaten and attack Bruce. Huge needles are used to inject substances. A man is warned it will be painful. Somebody gets sick after drinking tainted soda. Bruce swallows and pukes a flash drive. Blood appears on people's faces and hands. A man falls from a building. Betty hammer fists one soldier and gets tackled by another. A man is thrown through two windows and into equipment. Military jeeps plow through cars. Helicopters crash. One is encircled by flames. A cabbie drives recklessly with Bruce in the car. Bruce is electrocuted and pistol whipped. Betty is thrown against a shelf.

Language:G*d, d**m, a**, s**t, b**ch, h*ll, and p*ss.

Drugs/Alcohol:Bruce compares being the Hulk to hallucinogenic drugs. Blonsky is given a super serum. General Ross smokes throughout and drinks in a bar.

Spiritual:Bruce meditates and does yoga to keep himself calm. Someone calls his transformation godlike. The uses his blood could serve are called Olympian and Promethean. A guy says "God bless you, Father." An untested experiment is called an Abomination.

So what was your opinion?

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