Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Ty Burrell
Director: Louis Leterrier
Synopsis: Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is recruited by his girlfriend’s father, General Thaddeus Ross (Ty Burrell) to help conduct an experiment that is meant to duplicate the Super Soldier serum used to create Captain America during World War 2. The experiment fails, and the gamma radiation causes Banner to transform into the large green monster, The Hulk. After spending 5 years evading authorities and learning to control this emotions, Bruce works in Rio de Janeiro at a bottling company while searching for a cure for his condition. When he cuts his finger, his blood contaminates one of the bottles at the factory and the bottle is sent to an elderly customer (Stan Lee), which causes the customer to get gamma sickness. This results in General Ross finding a lead to Banner, so he sends a special forces team to capture Bruce. Now on the run again, Bruce continues to attempt to find a cure to his strange, violent condition.
Review: This film deals with many of the same internal issues that everyday people deal with, from fighting your own demons to coping with isolation. Bruce Banner’s journey to becoming himself again is one that makes you want to route for the protagonist, even when it’s looking like there’s no chance of his redemption. The story of The Hulk is a tragic one, but there is always a sense of hope in the film, mostly brought forth by Elizabeth Ross (Liv Tyler), the love interest of Banner, who acts as his emotional anchor throughout the movie.
While there are some dragging points in the film, the action more than makes up for that. Watching The Hulk go head to head with the military and his evil counterpart Abomination (Tim Roth) is always fun to watch. The sequences are not meant to be sleek or flashy, but destructive, and it excels in that department.
Favorite Scene: During the final act of the film, Abomination has become unhinged and is causing destruction throughout Harlem. Realizing The Hulk is the only way that the monster can be stopped, General Ross sends Bruce to do battle with Abomination. The entire fight is something to behold, but my personal favorite part is when The Hulk tears a police car in half and uses both halves the way someone would use boxing gloves.
Recommendation: The Incredible Hulk is definitely a movie that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys watching behemoths violently go at each other’s throats. It also has some deep character writing, since at the end of the day it’s a story about battling your inner demons, and working on one’s self in order to fix personal relationships. In his only time playing Bruce Banner, Edward Norton certainly delivers, wonderfully portraying the tortured man who only wants to right his wrongs.
Reviewed By: Brandon Gayle