This is my 99th review! Soon I will be posting the 100th Re-Review of Inception!
Thoughts: It has been around 4 years since I have seen The Incredible Hulk so I decided I needed to watch it again because The Avengers is coming soon. I did not remember much of the movie just the main plot points. It was a lot better than we remembered and Edward Norton is great as Bruce Banner. It will be unfortunate that he will not be back for The Avengers. If you are planning on seeing The Avengers you should probably watch The Incredible Hulk. Don't expect it to be better than any of the other Avengers movies but it is still a very good movie.
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Genre: Action, Comic Book,
Release Date: June 13, 2008 (2008-06-13)
Running Time: 112 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Edward Norton is the perfect Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler is also great as Betty, Some cool action scenes, A few hilarious references to the original comic and TV series,
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
During the opening credits sequence, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) meets with Dr. Bruce Banner (Edward Norton), the colleague and lover of his daughter Betty (Liv Tyler), regarding an experiment, Ross says, to make humans immune to gamma radiation. The experiment, which in truth involves a serum Ross hopes will create a "super soldier", fails, transforming Banner into the Hulk (voiced by Lou Ferrigno) whenever Banner becomes angry. As the Hulk, he destroys the lab and injures Betty. Afterwards, he flees, becoming a fugitive from the United States Army.
Five years later, Banner works at a bottling factory in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, while searching for a cure for his condition. On the Internet, he collaborates with a colleague he knows only as "Mr. Blue", and to whom he is "Mr. Green". He is also learning meditative breathing techniques from a martial arts expert (Rickson Gracie) to help keep control, and has not transformed in 158 days. After Banner cuts his finger, a drop of his blood falls into a bottle, and is eventually ingested by a consumer (Stan Lee) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, creating medical complications. Using the bottle to trace Banner's location, Ross sends a team, led by British Royal Marine Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) to capture him. Banner transforms into the Hulk and defeats Blonsky's team. After Ross explains how Banner became the Hulk, Blonsky agrees to be injected with a small amount of the same serum, which gives him enhanced physical attributes and the side effect of making him arrogant and overconfident.
Banner returns to Culver University in Virginia, where he first became the Hulk, and reunites with Betty, who is dating psychiatrist Leonard Samson (Ty Burrell). Banner is attacked by Ross and Blonsky's forces, tipped off by the suspicious Samson. The Hulk dispatches Ross and Blonsky's team and flees with Betty. After the Hulk reverts to Banner, he and Betty go on the run. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot: 8.1/10- The plot was soild and told Bruce Banner's story well.
Action: 8.2/10- The action scene at the end was good and the there were a few other good action scenes.
Acting: 8.5/10- I really liked the cast especially Edward Norton and Liv Tyler (one my favorite actresses). I am going to mis Edward Norton playing Bruce Banner in The Avengers movie this year but hopefully Mark Ruffalo will a good job.
Special effects: 7.8/10- The special effect are a little dated compared to some of today's movies but considering the movie is four years old the effects get the job done.
Soundtrack: 7.0/10- The soundtrack was good but not near as memorable as the comic book movie soundtracks.
Comedy: 7.1/10- While there a some really funny references to the original comics and one scene with Liv Tyler's character was hilarious.
Overall: 8.3/10- Overall The Incredible Hulk is one of the better comic book movies and you should see it if you are going to see The Avengers but it is not entirely necessary
Closing comments: The Incredible Hulk is not as good as the other Avengers movies but it is still a very entertaining movie.
Recommended for: Avengers fans, Comic Book movie fans, Hulk fans, Edward Norton fans,
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