Starring Eric Bana et al
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Neil, Goodwood. 30 June 2003
Smashing its way into the rapidly crowded Marvel Comics movie scene, Hulk delivered big time for me. Ang Lee, Hulk’s Director, took a somewhat different approach to Hulk, bringing his well honed drama skills to bare on this comic book adaptation.
Somewhat more serious in tone, Hulk takes the time to develop the story of Eric Bana, a scientist working on cell regeneration. During some lab work, there is an unexpected accident involving gamma radiation. Instead of being killed, Eric Bana survives the accident, and in fact feels better than ever. The mystery of why he was not killed, and what changes the gamma radiation affected to his molecular structure slowly unfolds, as more and more layers of Bruce’s past is revealed.
I found Hulk to be excellent viewing. All the principal actors from Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross, Bruce’s ex-girlfriend, to Nick Nolte, playing Bruce’s mad scientist father and looking like the famous photograph of him after his arrest for drinking and driving, to Sam Elliott, Betty’s Army General father, where very good.
Visually the movie is also intriguing with Ang Lee striving to create a comic book feel with edits merging into one another & split screens with heavy black borders to recreate the look of a comic book panel. There are also some amazing shots such a Hulk seeing his reflection for the first time in a pool of water, the Golden Gate bridge rising out of the fog, and Hulk’s trip into the stratosphere where the stars start to appear in the sky.
Because the effort put into creating a really good story for Hulk, it resonates more with the viewer. Hulk will probably appeal more to adult viewers than to the kids who must be wondering when the action is due to start.
The special are pretty excellent throughout the movie. I particularly liked the desert battle scenes between Hulk and the tanks and later on with the Comanche helicopters. Only the final big fight scene was somewhat confusing as to what was going on.
I liked Hulk a lot. For me so far along with Matrix Reloaded it is definitely one of the better action movies for 2003 so far. I would love to see a sequel to Hulk as well. With most of the back story out of the way, the stage should be set for a all out Hulk Smash movie.
Juan, South Africa. 14 April 2016
Awesome movie, for super hero fans
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