| Incredible Hulk (2008)|
Louis Leterrier's remake of The Incredible Hulk was supposed to be an
action-packed, adrenaline pumping cgi summer flick and it was just that. It was certainly better than Ang Lee's version with Erica Bana as the fugitive Bruce Banner whose genetic accident turns him into a huge monster (The Hulk) when he gets excited to the point where his pulse reaches 200.
Simply put, Edward Norton who plays Bruce and Tim Roth who plays the soldier who wants to beat him were pretty good and are actually fans of the movie. Norton was surprisingly uninspiring and wooden in my opinion. Nothing too deep - just pure action and a cliched story.
Liv Tyler's female love interest character was pretty stereotyped. Ridiculously devoted and affectionate to Bruce who disappears and then returns in her life. That's obviously not a bad thing, certainly by today's female assistant insisting on 'matching' the male lead for brawn etc. though still exaggerated to the point of being completely unrealistic.
She is also more bipolar than Banner himself. Her blatant attraction to danger 'Hulk' was realistic though painful to watch. She also broke some soldier's nose with an elbow strike without any thought when to be fair he was trying to protect her. Unnecessary. She seems to hate her father (William Hurt) who was arguably responsible for the events that transpired with Bruce's mutation and who was obsessed with making super weapons.
Cliched and full of raw action, Hulk fans will obviously love it. But most people will probably forget it quite quickly. There is minimal male-bashing overall.
Reviewed by: Mr. Doesntgiveadamn
Rated: PG13 in USA, 12A in UK due to violence.
Duration: 1 hour and 54 minutes