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Hulk


Quick Take: A geneticist`s experimental accident curses him with the tendency to become a powerful giant green brute under emotional stress.

Lee, Ang
Director

138 minutes
running time

2003
year released

Science Fiction
genre

PG-13
rating

Torifanís Rating...

Torifanís review: I have been a Hulk fan since I was a very young child. I watched the TV show and played with the action figures (actually, the one I played with the most was my brother's 12-inch doll). In my adventures, though, all my Hulk did was get really, really angry and beat the crap out of the bad guys. I had fun with it though.

Ang Lee's new Hulk movie does not dissapoint long-time Hulk fans. This is no movie for kids, though! Sure, there is some action, some good old fashioned "Hulk-bashing things," but more than that this film is very dark, and is a character development rather than an action picture. The story revolves around the Hulk's origins, and Bruce Banner's (Eric Bana, who is very good in the role, and who, if I can be a teenager for a minute, is HOT, HOT, HOT-very cute) relationship with his father David Banner (Nick Nolte). Bruce is tormented by his past and his Hulk origins, and the movie really explores his emotions and how and why he gets angry enough to turn into the Hulk. He is also tormented by his love for Betty (Jennifer Connelly, one of my very favorite actresses, who steals the film, in my opinion), who he used to date but still loves. Betty is a well-developed character, and her story is also told in depth. Ang Lee (director) is a master at storytelling and bringing out emotional depth in his characters. He also uses multiple frames on the same shot to give the movie that comic book feel. There are some beautiful and amazing dream sequences, and of course some interesting and well-done special effects.

The Creature himself came out looking much better than I thought he would. I was worried that an all CGI (computer generated) creature would look obviously fake and silly. He looks very real, and his face is especially expressive. He is a bit huge for me, since I fondly remember Lou Ferrigno's Hulk as just a big actor (which I wanted for this film), but from the comics, he is supposed to be huge. He is made to be super strong, picking up tanks in one hand, something they never could have done with the TV show. He also has the ability to leap miles at a time, which looked a little odd on film, but the more I saw it, the more I realized that he had to move that way. In the end, he comes across as another character in the film, not a cartoon. As a long-time Hulk fan, I give this movie high marks. Well done, all the way around.

Cast:
Bana, Eric
Connelly, Jennifer
Elliott, Sam
Lucas, Josh
Nolte, Nick
Kersey, Paul
Buono, Cara
Tesen, Todd
Ferrigno, Lou
Lee, Stan


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