I must note that it does not rank on par with some of the truly great superhero movies that have been filmed in recent years. It is certainly not on par with Sam Raimi's "Spiderman" or Tim Burton's "Batman", but then, the Hulk has never had the following or commercial popularity of these other characters.
Much credit should be given to Ang Lee, whose vision of this well-known, (if never fully conceived) character remains truly to his own directoral style. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana), son of David Banner (one of many "tips of the hat" to the original television series), grows up without his real parents, raised instead in a foster home. Ambitious and bright, he pursues a career in advanced science, attempting to develop a new "nano-technology" that will enable people to rapidly heal. Aided by Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly), all seems to be going along fine until a mechanical malfunction results in Bruce's exposure to gama radiation. This exposure unleashes the Hulk, whose presence in his body has been there since before his birth, when his father (Nick Nolte) performed an experiment on himself and inadvertantly passed his genetically enhanced and altered DNA onto his son. Now unleashed, Bruce Banner becomes consumed by the anger and rage of the parents that abandoned himand thegovernment that would use him as a weapon.
And, as Bruce admonishes, "Don't make me angry...you wouldn't like me when I'm angry..."
For it is through his anger that he is transformed. Ang Lee's monster, far more massive even than Lou Ferrigno's Hulk of the T.V. series, was created using some of the most advanced CGI to date.Read more ›