The Incredible Hulk

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The Incredible Hulk

Louis Leterrier (2008)

107min
12 Certificate
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Director Louis Leterrier pumps some adrenaline back into the Marvel character after the mixed reception that greeted Ang Lee's brooding Hulk in 2003. A typically intense Edward Norton replaces Eric Bana as Dr Bruce Banner, the scientist whose exposure to gamma rays has made him a danger to his girlfriend Betty (Liv Tyler) and a target for her dad, military honcho General Ross (a steely William Hurt). As in his earlier film The Transporter, Leterrier indulges his passion for parkour (a form of street running), as the Hulk bounds across the rooftops to escape his new genetically modified adversary Emil Blonsky, aka the Abomination (played by Tim Roth). Banner is prodded into "hulking out" with satisfying frequency, but as well as delivering thumping action, the giant is sympathetic. The romantic elements are also shrewdly handled, in a manner that's strongly redolent of King Kong. Yes, it's bigger and brasher, but unlike Lee's film, there is a real sense that Banner and the beast inhabit the same tortured mind, making it easier to stick with him through to the earth-shaking finale.

Summary

A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer's command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Banner / The Hulk Edward Norton
Betty Ross Liv Tyler
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross William Hurt
Emil Blonsky / The Abomination Tim Roth
Samuel Sterns Tim Blake Nelson
Major Kathleen "Kat" Sparr Christina Cabot
Dr Leonard Samson Ty Burrell
Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr
Security guard / Voice of the Hulk Lou Ferrigno
Old man Stan Lee
Director Louis Leterrier
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 13 Jun 2008

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