• 12
  • Peter Berg (2008)
  • US
  • 88 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Having saved the world umpteen times from Independence Day (1996) to I Am Legend (2007), Will Smith here clearly relishes the chance to muddy his nice-guy image. As scummy superhero John Hancock, he casually nails inspired gags like flying under the influence and bringing a speeding train to a crashing halt simply because he can't be bothered to lift the car in its path. Luckily, the absent-minded motorist is PR expert Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), who promises Hancock the renewed adulation of a sceptical public if he'll only smarten up his act a bit. Bateman (star of sitcom Arrested Development) is the perfect comic foil for Smith but, sadly, their work is undermined when Hancock falls for Ray's wife (Charlize Theron). From then on the film itself threatens to implode, as a daft twist and a heavy dose of melodrama jar with the wit and freshness that has come before. Fortunately for director Peter Berg (Very Bad Things, The Kingdom), Smith has enough superstar powers to rescue us all from crushing disappointment.

Plot Summary

Action comedy starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman. The life of superhero John Hancock is on the skids; despite having saved countless lives, he's mostly remembered now for destroying property while flying around drunk. But after he rescues PR executive Ray Embrey from the path of a train, Hancock is offered the chance of repairing his tarnished image.

Cast and crew


John Hancock
Will Smith
Mary Embrey
Charlize Theron
Ray Embrey
Jason Bateman
Eddie Marsan
Johnny Galecki


Peter Berg

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, edited for language.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 4 Jul 2008
Certificate 12