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The Incredible Hulk

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Louis Leterrier
  • 107 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Science-fiction action adventure based on the Marvel comic, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt and Tim Roth. Army physicist Bruce Banner is exposed to gamma radiation during an experiment that turns him into an incredibly strong green giant in moments of emotional stress. He flees to Brazil in the hope of finding a cure, but ruthless general Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross is keen to exploit Banner's condition for the military and sends a soldier of fortune to apprehend him.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

After the lukewarm response to Ang Lee's visually arresting if arty Hulk film in 2003, a follow-up adventure for the emerald rage monster eventually emerged in 2008, but with a brand-new cast headed by Edward Norton as runaway boffin Bruce Banner and William Hurt as his army nemesis, General Ross. Director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter) amps up the action and mayhem as Banner's pursuit of a cure ignites conflict with Tim Roth's psycho soldier, who gets a grotesque gamma-powered upgrade of his own. A brooding Norton acquits himself fine, and there's a thrilling chase through a Brazilian favela, but there's little tension and the underwhelming CGI leaves the battling behemoths looking like shiny plasticine figures instead of awesome engines of destruction. The film's main claim to fame is its retro-fitted inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as a post-credits scene featuring one franchise mainstay paves the way for the superior blockbusters to follow.

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Credits

Cast

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Bruce Banner / The HulkEdward Norton
Betty RossLiv Tyler
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" RossWilliam Hurt
Emil Blonsky / The AbominationTim Roth
Samuel SternsTim Blake Nelson
Major Kathleen "Kat" SparrChristina Cabot
Dr Leonard SamsonTy Burrell
Tony StarkRobert Downey Jr
Security guard / Voice of the HulkLou Ferrigno
Old manStan Lee

Crew

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DirectorLouis Leterrier

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2008-06-13
Guidance
May be edited for violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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