Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd, Larry J. Franco, James Schamus, Kevin Feige (executive), Stan Lee (executive) for Valhalla Motion Pictures, Good Mashine, Marvel Comics/Universal
directed by Ang Lee
starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte, Josh Lucas, Paul Kersey, Cara Buono, Todd Tesen, Kevin Rankin, Celia Weston, Mike Erwin, Lou Ferrigno, Stan Lee, Regi Davis, Craig Damon, Geoffrey Scott, Regina McKee Redwing, Daniel Dae Kim, Daniella Kuhn, Michael Kronenberg, David Kronenberg, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Lou Richards, Jenn Gotzon, Louanne Kelley, Toni Kallen, Paul H.Kim, John Littlefield, Lyndon Karp
story by James Schamus, screenplay by John Turman, Michael France, James Schamus, based on the Marvel Comics-character created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, music by Danny Elfman, special effects by Michael Lantieri/Gentle Giant Studios, Graphic Nautre, visual effects by ILM, animatronics and puppet effects by Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Gregory Nicotero/K.N.B.EFX Group
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Back in the 1960's, Doctor David Banner (Paul Kersey) performed some
experiments on himself concerning the regeneration of tissues, something
the passed on to his son Bruce. But then, the good Doctor is fired, goes
berserk, blows up his lab, kills his wife (Cara Buono), and is locked away
for many years.
Now: Bruce is all grown up (and played by Eric Bana), and he is working
on some experiments to cure cancer by way of gamma radiation with his
former sweetheart Betty (Jennifer Connelly) - but then an experiment goes
horribly wrong, and Bruce shields a co-worker from the gamma radiation
with his body - which unexpectedly doesn't kill him but make him stronger.
By that time, Bruce's faterh david (now played by Nick Nolte) has managed
to track him down though, and he knows that thanks to gamma radiation,
Bruce has acquired some special powers - which he somehow unleashes,
causing Bruce to grow into a green hulk and destroy his lab.
Army general Ross (Sam Elliott), Betty's father, soon figures out that
it was Bruce who has destroyed the lab, but the final proof comes when
Bruce turns into the Hulk once more to save Betty from some mutant dogs
his father has unleashed onto her ... and thus, Bruce is incarcerated by
the army and put in a special facility.
Soon enough, ruthless businessman Talbot (Josh Lucas) is somehow handed
the responsibility for Bruce, but since he bears a grudge against Bruce,
he can't help mocking him - and soon enough, Bruce turns into the Hulk
again, totally destroys the special facility he's kept in and kills Talbot
in the process ... then he escapes, wreaks havoc on the countryside and
destroys half of San Francisco ... before Betty enters the scene and calms
him down - and he is placed under arrest once more.
Daddy David contacts Betty and promises to give him up to the
authorities if he can see his son once more, and the deal is fixed ... but
what nobody knows is that David has since treated himself with gamma
radiation and has turned into a superbeing that can absorb and copy
whatever form of matter or energy he touches - and soon it's a showdown
between him and the Hulk, a showdown that is only resolved by an army
missile that presumably destroys both Super David and the Hulk ... but of
course, in the end, Bruce turns up somewhere completely else ...
What a waste of time !
Hulk is one really badly scripted film: The story's set-up,
which takes up more than 40 minutes (or a third of the way too long film),
is way too long and too muddled, several subplots are thrown in but are
never properly explored or resolved, characters often lack proper
motivation and are introduced into the film or disposed of rather at
random, and the finale is just plain silly (even within the context of the
movie). Another problem with the film is of course its lead: posterboy
Eric Bana doesn't look in the least the part of the brilliant but
emotionally deprived scientist, and since his limited acting range doesn't
help him one bit either, he totally blows the role. But what really brings the movie down are the pathetic CGI
effects: The Hulk (whose face is way too handsome by the way) doesn't look
real for even one second, from his first scene onwards it's
painstakingly clear that this creature has never left the computer it has
been created on, so to speak. Any bodybuilder painted green (like Lou Ferrigno
in the 1970's Incredible
Hulk TV-series) would have been more convincing. Actually, the only really funny scene in the
whole film is towards the beginning when said Ferrigno and Hulk creator Stan
Lee from the discuss security issues, but that's little more than a
For director Ang Lee, who has just landed two successes with the
arthouse crowd with Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Ride with the Devil, Hulk seemed
to be an unexpected and bold step at first, and career suicide after the
film tanked at the box office - but he was able to return to form with Brokeback
Mountain, which won him an directing Oscar, and the controversial Lust,
Caution - which at least proves there is a life after crappy Marvel