The Incredible Hulk
After the big disappointment in 2003, Marvel Studios and director Louis Leterrier smash back this summer with the sci-fi action film, The Incredible Hulk. As everyone knows, scientist Bruce Banner was the victim of an accident involving gamma rays. As a result, whenever his blood pressure begins to rise he transforms into a big green monster with red pants called the Hulk. The story begins with Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) living in Brazil and working in a bottling factory when a few members of the United States Army led by General “Thunderbolt Ross” (William Hurt) arrive in the country to capture Banner. General Ross and his minions want Banners blood so they can manufacture a “Super Soldier.” Eventually, Banner is hurt and turns into the Hulk. (voice by Lou Ferrigno) A small fight ensues (small compared to the fights that come later in the movie) and Banner escapes Brazil and makes it back to the United States. He meets up with his girlfriend Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) who happens to be the General’s daughter and together, they begin searching for a cure to stop the transformations. (I think I might enjoy an alter ego – especially during a fight.) In the meantime, General Ross continues his experiments and injects a soldier named Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) with some type of super soldier juice. When Blonsky evolves into some sort of protest monster called “Abomination,” only the Hulk can stop him. This is an exciting action packed battle. Even though this film is all about the action, there’s still a substantial plot. The pacing is perfect and the movie never runs out of steam. Edward Norton is convincing as Bruce Banner but Liv Tyler is the weakest link in this film. I know some people will think the Hulk is not a very complex character but what do you expect from a green guy with red pants who can only growl. After seeing this movie I’m thinking of only one word – “Avengers” and I’m going to look for my Daredevil outfit. This is a definite crowd pleaser and I’m giving it a B rating.
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.