Friday, 9 August 2013

Incredible Hulk (Smaltz Review)

Dir: Louis Letterier
Starring: Ed Norton
Rating: Good
So The Incredible Hulk or Bourne on Radiation as I like to call it. We get through the origin story in the opening titles and straight into mild mannered Bruce Banner living in exile in Portugal. From here he’s on the run in a Bourne like style before finally being pushed too far and turning all green and angry. I wasn’t expecting much above average but I liked it. Ed Norton is very good, likeable and believable. Tim Roth snarls about and is a fun villain and the romance is sincere enough although not explored very far and cast aside a bit too quickly. As for Hulk himself, as with all CG humanoids they don’t look real but this one’s pretty good and him smashing stuff can be quite exciting although it has to be said the quality of the visual effects is a bit hit and miss. The first Hulk outbreak keeps him in the dark with fork lift trucks coming out of nowhere and is very exciting. A later one in bright day light is at times very good but when the digital Hulk (the correct way to do the character) is fighting a digital helicopter (wrong, we have helicopters!) it doesn’t look very good at all. It has to be said as well that like so many action films the ending is a bit of a damp squib.

All in all I liked it. It all felt a bit more real and down to earth than I thought and for a title character that says little more than ‘Hulk smash’ it kept me entertained for the duration of its only slightly overlong running time.

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