Ang Lee (2003)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Ang Lee, noted for his such subtle human dramas as Eat Drink Man Woman and The Ice Storm, seemed an odd choice to direct this superhero fantasy. The result, made before the more polished Marvel Cinematic Universe was kickstarted by 2008's Iron Man, remains a curate's egg of a movie, and is unlikely to fully satisfy anyone. The childhood trauma that feeds Bruce Banner's rage is an oddly grim subplot for what began life as a summer blockbuster, while the later action scenes feel tacked on despite their technical virtuosity. Matters aren't helped by Eric Bana's detached performance as Bruce Banner, but Nick Nolte injects a soupçon of fun as the older incarnation of his deranged dad and Lee's use of editing - including split screens to suggest comic-strip frames - is quite innovative. Overall this is worth a look, if only to experience a rare but laudable example of big-budget Hollywood taking a risk.


Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner's unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-strip adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Banner / Dr Bruce Krenzler / The Hulk Eric Bana
Betty Ross Jennifer Connelly
General Ross Sam Elliott
Glenn Talbot Josh Lucas
David Banner Nick Nolte
Young David Banner Paul Kersey
Edith Banner Cara Buono
Young Ross Todd Tesen
Harper Kevin Rankin
Mrs Krenzler Celia Weston
Security guard Stan Lee
Security guard Lou Ferrigno
Director Ang Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Jul 2003