Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

After not so memorable 2003’s adaptation on Hulk, Universal Pictures’ reboot on one of the greatest Marvel Comics character The Hulk proved to be rewarding. For those who are not familiar with this character, Hulk is a raging humanoid giant green monster & an alter ego of Dr. Bruce Banner, a physicist who after a terrible accident involving gamma radiation caused him to undergo transformation. However his uncontrolled alteration was not permanent & rage was the triggering factor for him to change.

During the opening credits the back story of the Hulk is told. It is revealed that Dr. Bruce Banner naively became pawn to a military scheme under the leadership of General Ross who wanted to revive a Second World War era super soldier program through controlled gamma radiation. The experiment however fails & transforms Bruce into a raging monster. During the commotion general’s daughter Betty (Liv Tyler) gets injured who also happens to be Bruce’s love interest. Now on the run from the army Banner takes refuge in a small town Rocinha at Brazil working at a soda bottling factory. Banner tries to find an antidote for his condition & refuses to share this power for military purposes. Situation gets worse when Ross brings in Emil Blonsky a meaner & deadly Royal Marine; subjecting him to the super soldier program hoping to confront Hulk which ultimately fails resulting to an even greater debacle.

Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk can be professed as a worthy addition to the Marvel Studios. Edward Norton suited perfectly as the emotional Dr. Bruce who was not in control of his impulsive alter ego. Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky proved to be a creditable adversary during the climatic battle against Hulk. The special effects in particular the facial expression & the skin tone of Hulk was much better than the 2003 version. The fast pacing also made the overall experience appealing. Of course this movie cannot be compared with legendary The Dark Knight or even Iron Man nevertheless this movie still serves as a righteous sketch of one of the terrific character from the Marvel universe.

My Rating : 7/10

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