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The Incredible Hulk
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Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: incrediblehulk.marvel.com
Kiddie Movie: Please don't bring the young ones otherwise they might have sweet dreams of being big and green.
Date Movie: It's got a nice love story so she might take that and get past the nerdy aspect of the movie.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Umm, duh?  It's about The Incredible Hulk!"
Action: See "Violence."
Laughs: There are some chuckles and homage to the TV show is nice.
Memorable Scene: Bruce Banner, posing as a pizza delivery dude, trying to get into the lab.
Memorable Quote: "Me in a metal tube with hundreds of people in the most aggressive city in the world?" and "You won't like me when I'm hungry."
Directed By: Louis Leterrier
Produced By: Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Gale Anne Hurd

The Incredible Hulk
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:52 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I really didnít care for "The Hulk" when it came out in, what, 2003, although it tended to play out a little better on cable. I am happy to say that "The Incredible Hulk," now under the direct safety net of Marvel Studios, was done in a way to make me happy, and happier to know that superhero movies under the Marvel Studio's tag have a lot of potential in the future.

The story for "The Incredible Hulk" follows more closely with us old folks who remember the TV show from the Ď70ís and Ď80ís, with new technology to enhance the experience. Simply put, Bruce Banner (this time played in super-fine fashion by Edward Norton) is experimenting with gamma rays, the experiment goes wrong, and he turns into a big, green, monster. Yup, he is on the run from the government, finds himself in Brazil working to control his rage and find a cure with the help of computer buddy, Mr. Blue, and, wouldnít you know it, a little screw up leads the government hot on Bruce's trail, with soldier Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) in tow, now fascinated at trying to fight/capture/kill Bruce. Low and behold the government has been following up on their own formula to create a super-soldier, and who better than gung-ho Blonsky to give it the human trial.

Yup, Bruce also has his love interest, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), who helped him on his original experiment until he turned green, and now Bruce must enter back into Bettyís life if he is ever to find a cure.

So weíve got Bruce trying to cure himself and not get too hungry, I mean angry, weíve got Betty back in love, weíve got General Ross (William Hurt) trying to capture Bruce, and Blonsky, no, itís not really a surprise, he wants ultimate power, which, of course, leads to Hulk having the big duke-it-out scene with the Abomination.

But the reason I like "The Incredible Hulk" better than "The Hulk" was simply that the creature was, okay, I know this sounds stupid, but a tad more believable. The question of why Bruce Bannerís pants donít disintegrate is addressed, Hulk isnít as huge, and Hulk also can only seem to leap a few buildings at a time rather than miles at a time. There were also a number of funny references to the TV series, and I didnít have to sit through the entire set of credits for maybe one of the worst "kept secret" cameos in the movie, especially since said cameo is listed on the IMDB info for the film.

If you are a fan of "Iron Man," well, my guess is that you will enjoy "The Incredible Hulk," and we can start to see what direction the Marvel folks are heading as they roll out the next hundred years of film (okay, just the next four or five), but in any case, it looks great, and should be a fun run for superheroes!

I was going to give "The Incredible Hulk" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 because some of the chase sequences lasted a tad too long, but after thinking about it more, I really enjoyed the movie, and if youíre a fan of Marvel comic book movies, you will too. Itís 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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