The larger-than-life Marvel Super Hero The Hulk explodes onto the screen! After a freak accident unleashes a genetically enhanced, impossibly strong creature, a lifted world must marshal its forces to stop a being with abilities beyond imagination.
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Scientist Bruce Banner has, to put it mildly, anger management issues. His quiet life as a brilliant researcher working with cutting edge genetic technology conceals a nearly forgotten and painful past. His ex-girlfriend and fellow researcher, Betty Ross, has grown tired of Bruces cordoned off emotional terrain and resigns herself to remaining an interested onlooker to his quiet life until a simple oversight in the lab leads to an explosive situation in which Bruce heroically saves a life by absorbing a normally deadly dose of gamma radiation.
Believing himself to have emerged from the accident unscathed, Bruce can't deny hes experiencing some strange side effects including blackouts and the feeling that there is some kind of strange and dark, yet attractive, presence within him. All the while an impossibly strong, rampaging creature, who comes to be known as the Hulk, continues its sporadic appearances, cutting a swath of destruction in his wake. But Betty Ross has her theories, she knows the shadowy figure lurking in the background, Bruces father David, is somehow connected. She may be the only one who understands the link between the scientist and the Hulk, but her efforts may be too late to save both man and creature.
* Feature Commentary with Director Ang Lee
* Hulk Cam: Inside the Rage
* Deleted Scenes
* Evolution of the Hulk
* The Incredible Ang Lee
* The Dogfight Scene
* The Making of the Hulk
* The Unique Style of Editing the Hulk
Fans of superheroes have recently been lucky to be rewarded for their years of waiting by finally getting big-budget live-action movies based on favorites like 'X-Men,' 'Daredevil' and 'Spider-Man.' They have all been faithful to the spirit of the characters, and more often than not, *mostly* faithful to the minutiae of the character's legacies. Watching 'The Hulk,' however, what I realized is that even though they're all very loving of their source material, each has instilled a bit of humor into the stories, a certain winking acknowlegement that this is still, ultimately, a movie based on a comic book. 'The Hulk' makes this acknowlegement as well with a visually stunning editing style which uses split screens and multiple-panel views to duplicate the experience of reading a comic book. What Ang Lee does not use in any degree are one-liners and snappy comebacks, like the movies starring the three aforementioned characters do. There are a few moments of levity, but mostly, Ang Lee has delivered a tale of Greek tragedy, of dark generational legacies and the relationship struggles between a hardened (and manipulative) father and his son. Throw in elements of 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' 'King Kong' and 'Beauty and the Beast' and you have Ang Lee's 'The Hulk.' And that, to me, as someone who's fairly familiar with the 40 years of Hulk comic books... is a good thing. There's been a lot of attention given to the CGI Hulk (with some people even saying they'd prefer a human actor playing the 10+ foot behemoth!), but I think the problem is that the trailers and ads take the Hulk out of context, and that within the movie, he looks a lot better, and the confused dumb look on his face makes complete sense... he *is* an idiot; Bruce Banner's super-scientist intellect is completely submerged. I would go so far as to say that the Hulk is truly an actor in the movie. The actor who deserves the most credit, however, is Nick Nolte, whose bravura performance as David Banner is the core upon which this entire Greek tragedy is formed, and as that lynchpin, he reigns. Quite frankly, as much as I liked the Hulk action, any chance to see Nick Nolte in action was appreciated as well. I could see Nolte's performance receiving nominations at year's end, his presence (including one scene in which Ang Lee essentially gives him a "stage" upon which to hold forth), is *that* powerful. At first glance, one might think that 'The Hulk' is *all* about mindless violence, but really, the Hulk just wants to be left alone. Traditionally, his goal is to find some completely remote place in the desert, 500 miles from anyone (as seen in the movie), and just... be alone. It's when he's chased or bothered or angered that he lets loose. Look at the desert chase sequence... he spent most of it running, and often followed what violence he did do with acts of contrition (like in the tank sequence when he drops the "bat" he made out of a turret, and decides to twist a turret rather than harming soldiers). If no one had chased him, he would have been happy to sit in the desert and chill. This is the theme of the classic comics... Hulk wants to be left alone, but humanity, villains, etc. keep seeking him out, looking for trouble. Ang Lee captured that perfectly. Lee's challenge is that he is using the most bestial version of the Hulk for his film, to the degree that the monster only utters 5 words in the whole movie. So, effectively, the Hulk is a silent movie character, and so Lee has to inform the audience about the Hulk's intentions through his actions and subtle (via beautifully careful CGI) facial expressions. Does the Hulk look addled, confused and perhaps mentally disabled in many of his scenes? Of course he does... he may have human origins, but the Hulk is a big dumb beast, except that in his quiet moments, as his rage subsides slightly, a human morality emerges. Ang Lee's treatment is deadly serious, but a lack of winking humor is appropriate in the case of this dark heroic tale, and the action sequences are riveting, thrilling and cathartic. Like a great comic book, 'The Hulk' has complexities hidden within its 4-color spectacle that reveal themselves sublimely upon repeat visits, as in when adults go back to read the comics they grew up with, after a lifetime of experience, to see the subtext they missed the first time.
The movie itself was not much of success and I can see why. Just too much computer graphics but weak story and not much of thing in there. Just too grim, dark through out the movie. Not much of miss you have not seen this one. Released in Blu-ray formet, was it necessary? Who knows. Some people love it perhaps.
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