Monday, June 23, 2008

Review: The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Genre: Action
Format: Theatrical Release
Director: Louis Leterrier

Poor Ang Lee. Many have stated that his Hulk in 2003 was a bad movie and vastly inferior to this latest iteration. To me, except for its highly contrived ending, Lee's version was definitely better than this new film. Hollywood as well as Marvel must have something bad against the previous movie because Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk is not a continuation but more of a recontruction. While Lee tried to give the story a heart and a soul (just think Batman Begins), Leterrier is all about appeasing the lowest common denominator with mindless action.

And the action does run rampart throughout the entire screening time with little time spent on the meanderings of the characters. This is good for the most part and even though the movie carries that ever-dominating PG-13 rating, flying bodies and violent explosions filled the screen constantly. The bad part comes from the mediocre CG work on the Hulk itself. It's hard to imagine how any movie studio can settle for bad CG works nowadays when the technology is definitely capable of more. If Paul Verhoeven was able to make the bugs in Starship Troopers extremely realistic in 1997, there is no reason why anything that is not human should look as unconvincing as the on-screen Hulk.

The storyline follows Bruce Banner's fresh escape from the country after the terrible experiment that turned him into the Hulk. The military wants him back in the lab for analysis and probing, eventually leading Banner back into the United States for an ultimate showdown with one of the military's own creation. With a runtime of close to 2 hours, the film moves rather quickly thanks to the ever escalating Hulk battles. Just like the recent Spiderman movies, the final battle is rather clunky and lasts a bit too long. As an action movie, the film works. Still, Edward Norton + Liv Tyler = awkward while Eric Bana + Jennifer Connelly = hot!

RATING: 3 out of 5

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed it very much!