Hailing more from the pulp-melancholic spirit of the 1978-1982 Hulk television series than its 2003 predecessor did, The Incredible Hulk wordlessly tells the entire gamma ray-afflicted origin story of scientist Bruce Banner's alter-ego within its first two-and-a-half minutes. This credit sequence evokes--albeit with more cinematic weight--the premise-informing quality that might be found before every episode of a cult hit series. This sequence makes at least two things clear. First off, the Edward Norton-starring The Incredible Hulk is not a sequel to or a remake of the 2003 The Hulk, but a reboot complete with an alternate plot, a new dynamic, and a different set of rules. Second, director Louis Leterrier (Unleashed, The Transporter) intends to deliver an economically paced, tightly wound thriller in which drama and action scenes are not mutually exclusive.
The Incredible Hulk replaces cerebral family drama with a coping scientist who, at the start of the movie, is in hiding and training his mind-body dichotomy. So much of Banner's plight is effectively conveyed with simple 'days without incident': title cards that inevitably reset. The Hulk's previously poetic weightlessness is rejected in favour of gargantuan physicality akin to seeing huge robots face off in Transformers, but with more flesh, muscle, and bone. The angst, of course, isn't gone from this incarnation--not if Norton's intelligently passionate Banner and his tender, forbidden relationship with Dr. Elizabeth Ross (Liv Tyler) have anything to say about it--it's simply that this Hulk always smashes before he ponders. Rounding out The Incredible Hulk's main players are William Hurt as General Ross and Tim Roth as marine Emil Blonsky, two antagonists in pursuit of the Hulk who, like Banner, are not so much evil as consumed by tragic character flaws.
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I am not normally into comic book movies but I really like this one. It is much better than Hulk. It is fast paced and easy to watch.
I personally love most superhero movies that are released as it's just a genre I really enjoy. The Incredible Hulk is a huge step up from the first movie they made, with much better actors, and a more interesting story line. Also this edition of the movie (Reel Heroes) comes with much better art on the Blu-ray as well. With barely any difference in the price at all.
Great price and The Incredible Hulk is a great movie. Excellent conversion to Blu-ray too.
I admit I missed The Incredible Hulk the first time round when it was released. So, with the recently released Avengers film taking centre stage, and having watched and bought the other Pre-Avengers titles for my increasing Blu-Ray collection, I decided to mop up on the missing piece of the jigsaw. The main thing I liked was that the hulk's introduction only lasts a couple of minutes, completely removing the need for the usual opening 30 - 45mins that the usual comic book conversions take to explain what happened to our "normal" character to make him "super". Personally I thought this was great and left the bulk of the film to tell a story of our "normal guy" in this case scientist Bruce Banner (Ed Norton) who takes his scientific work - well lets say just a little too far. After the experiment we have a situation where if he gets excited and his pulse races (think CRANK) he turns 10 feet tall, goes a nice shade of green, rips his pants and shirt, and generally causes a havok and mayhem. Now while all this is going on your average sane person would run, however in the minds of a military general this is a perfect weapon to be harnessed. So his girlfriends (Liv Tyler) dad (who just so happens to be said military general) sets out to track him down and extract the essence of hulk to aid the USA's defence / world domination plans. On route to the eventual climax we have a military hard man (Tim Roths character) who also wants to be juiced up and end up as a perfect kiling machine. The end scene is basically 2 juiced-up CGI characters whacking the hell out of CGI buildings, vehicles, and all in all, causing much chaos, whilst also causing many fiery CGI explosions to go off to cover their damage - All this going on while Liv Tyler is tring to protect Ed Norton from her dad - nice! Roll on the Avengers - I doubt we will see a Hulk 2 !