BlueRay: The Incredible Hulk – (2008)

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BlueRay: The Incredible Hulk - (2008) Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Release Date: 2011-08-28 Duration: 112 Mi...

BlueRay: The Incredible Hulk – (2008)

BlueRay: The Incredible Hulk - (2008)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller,
Release Date: 2011-08-28
Duration: 112 Min

  • Louis Leterrier

Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is a scientist working to find a way to use gamma radiation to increase healing time in soldiers. One of his co-workers is Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), whose father, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt), oversees the project. Upon subjecting himself to a gamma test, Banner transforms into a green-skinned, superhumanly powerful creature. He destroys the lab, injures Betty and Ross and escapes.

Several years later, he surfaces in Brazil, working at a local soft drink factory. He trains with martial artists on how to control his gamma-irradiated anger, and communicates via encrypted e-mail with Mr. Blue about developing a cure. Ross has continued to search for him, believing that Banner is effectively the property of the United States government. Thanks to an accident at the factory, Ross tracks Banner to Brazil. He assembles a strike force led by a ruthless British soldier, Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) and sends them after Banner. They chase Banner through the city and into the soft drink factory. Banner is also pursued by several hooligans who dislike him. When the hooligans attack Banner, he loses control of his anger and transforms into his green alter ego just as the strike team arrives. He makes quick work of the hooligans and strike team, then leaps his way out of Brazil.

Blonsky demands that Ross tell him the truth about Banner. Ross reveals that the goal of the program was not to develop new ways of treating injuries but to create an army of invincible super soldiers. Blonsky is intrigued and, recognizing that he is at the end of his career at age 39, asks to be given the super soldier formula himself. Ross agrees and Blonsky undergoes an extremely painful procedure which makes him shart out blood/crap his pants and the operating table he’s laying upon.

Banner returns to the United States, in particular to a college town in Virginia. Betty still teaches there. Banner sneaks into a computer laboratory and downloads vital information about the experiments and his own physiognomy. That night, Betty and her new boyfriend, Leonard Samson (Ty Burrell) see Banner in a restaurant. Betty takes Banner home, but Samson contacts Ross. Banner plans to leave the next day but Ross’s forces attack him on campus. Banner transforms again, and witnesses to the battle dub him “the Hulk.” During the fight, Blonsky confronts Hulk and displays superhuman reflexes, but Hulk kicks Blonsky into a tree, shattering every bone in his body. Betty is nearly killed in a helicopter assault. Hulk rescues her and takes her to safety. During a rain storm, Hulk becomes scared of the thunder and hurls rocks at it. Betty calms him down. The next morning, she checks them into a motel and buys him new clothes. They decide to go to New York and meet Mr. Blue. On the way, Betty suggests that some of Banner’s personality remains when he is in Hulk form, but Banner angrily rejects this notion. He wants to be rid of the Hulk, not find a way to control it.

Ross is pleasantly surprised to see Blonsky has completely healed from his grievous injuries. However, he doesn’t notice the bony spines beginning to protrude from Blonsky’s back.

Mr. Blue is really Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson), a professor at a college in New York City. He reveals to Banner that he has a procedure that might suppress the Hulk reaction but probably not cure Banner. However, he wants to continue to study Banner so they can find a way to use his blood to cure countless diseases. Banner refuses to allow that, but agrees to undergo Sterns’s suppression procedure. It seems to work. However, Ross has tracked Banner to Sterns’s office. This time, Banner is successfully captured. Betty tells Ross that she no longer considers him her father. Blonsky confronts Sterns and asks to be exposed to Banner’s irradiated blood. Sterns warns him that the result could be “an abomination” but Blonsky insists. The result: Blonsky turns into an enormous, scaly Abomination. He leaps from Sterns’s laboratory. In the chaos, Sterns ingests some of Banner’s blood himself. His head begins to mutate.

Insane with power, Blonsky goes on a rampage in Harlem. In the helicopter taking them to custody, Banner, Betty and Ross see television footage of the destruction. Banner believes he can now control the Hulk. He leaps from the helicopter and transforms into the Hulk just before he hits the ground. He and Abomination wage a fierce battle. Abomination knocks the helicopter with Ross and Betty in it from the sky. Just as Abomination is about to kill them, Hulk stops him and nearly strangles Abomination to death with heavy chains. Betty’s horrified reaction keeps Hulk from actually killing Abomination, however. Instead, he leaps away, eventually winding up in British Columbia. Weeks of meditation help Banner finally gain control of his alter ego.

Ross sits in a bar, smoking his trademark cigars and drinking himself into a stupor. Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) enters and suggests that a team he is putting together just might help Ross solve his Hulk problem.


Edward Norton

Liv Tyler

Tim Roth

William Hurt


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3 responses to “BlueRay: The Incredible Hulk – (2008)”

  1. shaxper says:
    43 of 48 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best of All Worlds, September 9, 2008
    shaxper (Lakewood, OH) –

    This review is from: The Incredible Hulk (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)

    The second film to be produced directly by Marvel seems eager to prove why comic book companies should exercise direct control over their films. Rather than being nothing more than a new director’s take on an old classic, The Incredible Hulk is both an engaging film and a love letter to every other incarnation of the The Hulk that proceeded it. This film truly endeavors to understand and assimilate the entire history of the character into one new project, and boy does it succeed. At the center of The Incredible Hulk is an ambitious attempt to marry the two most popular and conflicting visions of the character. The film borrows many elements from the fondly remembered 1970s television series but also incorporates many of the more important elements from the comic book. It’s a tough balancing act, but the film makes the disparate elements mix together in a way that makes complete sense and (I believe), leaves fans of both series feeling satisfied. The origin and characterization come largely from the TV series (though, thankfully, it’s Dr. BRUCE Banner this time), but the more memorable supporting characters and conflicts from the comic are worked in as well (though Rick Jones was quite fortunately forgotten). Additionally, the enemy is a highly logical choice from the comic book series. Finally, the bad memories of a mutated Nick Nolte are beginning to subside. The film also incorporates minor elements from the TV movies, the previous film (which is neither acknowledged nor completely contradicted), and even the previous Hulk video game. Of course there are also many wonderful nods to fans of each of the Hulk incarnations. The flashing danger light, the appearance of student reporter “Jack McGee,” and Stan Lee’s cameo proved to be my personal favorites. Lou Ferrigno also receives a far better cameo than in the previous film. Most importantly, whether you have any interest in previous Hulk incarnations or not, this film is exceptionally well plotted. It resists the urge to shine the light fully on Hulk or Dr. Banner, instead carefully developing the two in unison. Dr. Banner (masterfully played by Ed Norton, who actually outshines Bill Bixby) gets farther than his television counterpart was ever allowed, and that experience necessarily changes him. The transformation is satisfying, yet still allows the franchise to return to familiar territory by the end. In parallel, the monster also receives his share of development, though this isn’t made clear until the end. His final scene cements this film’s brilliant unison of television series and comic book, leaving no doubt that this is the most impressive project ever to come out of the Hulk franchise. I was left so excited, so convinced for the first time that the character had truly come to life, that I almost expected Doctor Strange and the Defenders to show up in the next moment. For only the third time in all my movie going experiences, a beloved comic book character actually seemed real (or at least possible), even in spite of the sometimes questionable computer animation. Finally, true Marvel fans will be amazed to see just how much continuity this two hour film packs. Clear and meaningful ties are made to Captain America, Iron Man, and S.H.I.E.L.D., and just you wait for the film’s final scene! While DC is still trying to decide who should play Superman and Batman for their Justice League movie, you can rest assured that Marvel is getting ready to tie their films together in a meaningful and impressive way. The Marvel Universe has truly made the move into Hollywood and, with The Incredible Hulk as a shining example, it’s safe to believe that they’ve just begun delivering everything a humble fan boy could ever hope for.

  2. Jenny J.J.I. "A New Yorker" says:
    35 of 42 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The new Hulk film was well made for a number of reasons, September 8, 2008
    Jenny J.J.I. “A New Yorker” (That Lives in Carolinas) – (VINE VOICE)

    This review is from: The Incredible Hulk (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)

    This re-imagining of the green Goliath works far better than Ang Lee’s 2003 outing that’s for sure. Being an avid admirer of the Bixby/Ferrigno series in the late seventies and early eighties I found this film to be closer in spirit to the series and I definitely liked that. The Hulk’s origins are played out at the very beginning and once that’s over and done with audiences are in for a fast paced and enjoyable ride. The film attempts to keep people who liked the series happy as well as the crowd who want it firmly rooted in Marvel tradition. The Hulk battles a foe called The Abomination in the final third, and by the way that fight is pretty amazing, and I gather that that’s a person to be found in the original comics. While Eric Bana was one of the few things that was positive about Hulk (2003), Norton betters him here. He’s such a natural performer and he can convey so much with mere expressions. He was the perfect choice to play Banner, in some ways he reminded me of Bixby. Tim Roth is one of those actors who’s always good and he doesn’t falter here. But William Hurt really surprised me. I’ve always thought he was good but I’d have to say this is his finest performance in many years. General Ross is a much better written character here than in the 2003 version and Hurt simply excels in the part. As for the CGI, they work really well. The Hulk looks extremely cool and far better here. He doesn’t continue to grow as he gets angrier and while that may annoy some I actually found it a plus. And those huge leaps are history as well, he jumps far enough but nothing compared to Ang Lee’s version. The Incredible Hulk does well what it intends to do which is entertain. Overall it’s full of action, very well acted and fairly well written. Must See!

  3. Joseph P. Menta, Jr. says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Probably the Hulk that most people want to see, October 27, 2008
    Joseph P. Menta, Jr. (Philadelphia, PA USA) – (VINE VOICE)
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: The Incredible Hulk (Three-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)

    A few observations about the mostly successful, mostly entertaining 2008 film “The Incredible Hulk”… The movie is billed as a reboot or totally new version of the Hulk, not a sequel to the 2003 Ang Lee film that was simply titled, “Hulk”. I’d call the movie more of a semi-reboot. Why? Well, the earlier movie ends with Bruce Banner in hiding in South America, with General Ross and his cronies madly searching for him. And the new film, well… opens with Bruce Banner in hiding in South America, with General Ross and his cronies madly searching for him. I think Marvel smartly structured the film to appease both camps: if you liked the earlier movie you can- contrary to all the “forget the earlier movie!” hype- view this one as the next chapter in the story. And if you didn’t like the earlier film, you can point to the recasting of the actors and the less introspective, more “big summer movie” tone and say, “Whew, it’s NOT the same storyline!” Your money, your choice. The new film offers a more kinetic, visceral, action-oriented story, peppered with just enough quietly dramatic moments (in other words, talking scenes) so the movie doesn’t turn into a relentless, flashing, pinball machine. If you ever read the comic book, it really feels like a three-issue run from the mid-70’s “Hulk Smash! era. The deleted scenes in the 3-disc special edition are interesting. Apparently a more pronounced love triangle between Betty, Bruce, and Betty’s new boyfriend Leonard (who we learn, via one deleted scene, is actually comics character Leonard Samson, pre-irradiation experiment) was a bigger part of the original conception of the film. Though the five or six deleted scenes involving this triangle are intriguing to see, I think I like the final film’s decision to simply allude to the tension between the three characters instead of turning the middle part of the movie into an episode of “As the Hulk Turns”. There are one or two deleted scenes involving General Ross that I wished were kept in the film. Though never depicting him as warm and fuzzy, a couple of those scenes showed that his motivation to capture the Hulk and harness his power, though misguided, didn’t come from an evil place. If they were included in the film, those scenes would have made it easier to swallow the General’s semi-change of heart at the end when he decides to extend an olive branch to Bruce and join forces with him to take down the Abomination. That’s a quibble, though. The film and its developments in the current cut still work; there’s just less explicit evidence on display that the General is capable of making that emotional leap. Other treats abound. There’s a fun little cameo involving Iron Man’s alter-ego Tony Stark which was clearly moved from its original “Easter egg” post-closing credits position to the final scene in the main body of the movie after the huge success of “Iron Man”. As said, it’s an enjoyable cameo, but a little confusing: Is Tony asking General Ross to help him recruit the Hulk into the new super-team he’s forming or offering the use of that team to help Ross take down the Hulk? I guess we’ll have to wait for the next round of Marvel movies to find out. Also fun but somewhat under-written was the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, where we see him as an innocent bystander who drinks some gamma-infected soda pop (the scenario is not as inane as it sounds) and then freezes up and drops the soda bottle. It’s amazing to me that they missed the opportunity to have him writhe on the ground and turn at least a little green, if only for a moment. Oh, well. More about the three-disc DVD I bought: Though generous, the set is not as lavish as the term “three-disc DVD” might suggest. The first disc is the movie (looks and sounds great) along with a commentary track; the second disc contains a thirty-minute or so “making of” piece, a few short (about ten minutes each) companion pieces that provide additional details about different aspects of the production, the deleted scenes I mentioned, and a cute piece (a few minutes long) showing how a scene from the movie was inspired by a scene in the comics. The third disc is simply a digital copy of the film that you can upload and watch on your PC. I hope that the DVD release of “The Incredible Hulk” puts the movie over the top financially, offsetting its somewhat lackluster box office (so much for blowing the Ang Lee film out of the water). It would be be nice to see another chapter in this saga, after all, and without having to suffer through another re-boot, or semi-reboot, or whatever confusing technique they’d end up employing in a hand-wringing gesture to overthink the concept of what people want from this character that’s simultaneously highly commercial and “what’s he really about?” offbeat.

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