LOVEFiLM Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break free from his primal alter ego, but both the warmongers who long to exploit him for their own gain and a horrific creature known as The Abomination are determined to stop him from achieving his noble goal in Transporter 2 director Louis Leterrier’s take on the classic Marvel Comics superhero tale. For years, Bruce (Edward Norton) has been living in the shadows, pursued by the military and haunted by the rage within. But traveling the world in secrecy isn’t easy, and as hard as he tries Bruce can’t get Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) off his mind. The daughter of Bruce’s nemesis Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt), Betty represents everything that is beautiful in the world to a man who lives his life on the run. Eventually, Bruce returns to civilization and faces the wrath of The Abomination. While the Hulk may be a formidable force of nature, The Abomination is decidedly more powerful, and determined to destroy Bruce Banner. Created when KGB agent Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) exposed himself to a higher dose of the same radiation that transformed Bruce into The Hulk, The Abomination is unable to change back into human form and holds Bruce accountable for his frightful condition. With time fast running out for both Bruce and The Hulk, New York City is about to become the ultimate urban battle zone as two of the most powerful creatures ever to walk the earth clash in a massive, no-holds-barred fight to the finish

HULK SMASH….ES Ang Lee’s 2003 lacklustre attempt out of the water. Seriously, if you see the Eric Bana version you will be left ice cold with disappointment.

This 2008 version is kind of a sequel/remake but more of the latter. Re-done to tie in with the new Marvel universe which will then lead into The Avengers in 2012. So we now have a new Bruce Banner in the shape of Edward Norton who is always fantastic. An odd role for him though but it works very well.

I enjoyed it more than I thought but it’s still one of the weakest out of the pre-Avenger films. It’s only worth a watch if you want to continue that story over with all the other Avenger related films. However, do not see Ang Lee’s Hulk and completely ignore it.


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