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Dr. Bruce Banner. Scientist. Researcher. Genius.

Victim of a Gamma Ray experiment gone horribly wrong.

Dr. Bruce Banner. Hulk.

And the military knows it. They were there. They saw what he became--a hulking, big green behemoth made of pure muscle, rage and power--and the damage he caused.

Bruce (Edward Norton) has been on the run from them ever since, keeping a low profile and doing everything within his power to find a cure for the gamma poisoning that created the beast caged inside him. And now he thinks he has one, so he ventures back to the States to meet a scientist codenamed "Mr. Blue" whom he's been chatting with over a secure internet line to work up a cure. He also accidentally runs into the love of his life, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), and the two are now on the run from Betty's hotheaded military father, General Thaddeus "Thunerbolt" Ross (William Hurt), who wants to turn the Hulk into a weapon.

They evade him for the most part until General Ross decides to supe-up his special soldier, Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), and, once that super soldier proves not enough of a threat to the Hulk, Emil takes it on himself to make himself a greater match and forces Dr. Blue, aka Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson), to turn him into something else--an Abomination.

Now only the Hulk can stop this new mammoth creature and the two wage a crazy, awe-inspiring war through the streets of New York.

It's time for Hulk to smash.

I admit when I first heard about this movie I was leery. It was only five years before that Ang Lee's Hulk came out and I knew that The Incredible Hulk was meant to be a reboot, so I wasn't sure what to expect and, really, a reboot after only five years was just plain silly.

As it turns out, this movie wasn't a reboot per se, but more of a do-over, in that during the credits it quickly gave the Hulk's origin story and then got into a story of its own without referring to the Hulk movie of 2003. And to make things even more "separate," there was that oh-so-cool cameo at the end by you-know-who that cemented this new Hulk movie into the current timeline that Marvel's got going on in the movies, one that will take us up to The Avengers in 2012.

What can I say? This movie was way better than Hulk. More action. Cooler story. More realistic. This really was a solid Hulk-smash type of movie that didn't get bogged down in so much drama like the one in 2003. I loved Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. Not only did he look the part of a scrawny scientist, he also acted like one plus also did a good job conveying the burden he carries and the suffering he has to go through because of what he is (i.e. sometimes living on the street).

There was a chemistry between him and Liv Tyler, too. The two of them could easily pass as real-life lovers. This kind of realism was crucial in showing the sacrifices Bruce had made in order to protect those he cared about from the Hulk.

The sheer power shown by the Hulk throughout this movie was just plain awesome. The strength displayed was astounding. The coolest display, in my opinion, was when the helicopter Betty was in caught fire and Hulk clapped his hands together so hard it sent a shockwave through the air to put out the flame.

I enjoyed Tim Roth as the good-guy-turned-bad. He's always convincing. And when he became Abomination, the big fight between Abomination and Hulk was terrific: two giant titans going head-to-head, muscle against muscle, power against power. Fantastic.

The Incredible Hulk was such a great movie and made you look forward to any sequels or cameos the Hulk will have in the future.


A.P. Fuchs
Canister X
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Another Hulk movie you say? You're probably wondering if this movie is similar to Ang Lee's 2003 movie "Hulk." Surprisingly, it's not. It's better! How can this be? Oh, it be!

This movie is not a sequel to 2003's "Hulk" but rather is a reinvention that establishes a new back-story where Dr. Bruce Banner (Edward Norton, who rewrote some of the script) becomes the Hulk as a pawn in a military scheme to reinvigorate a "super soldier" program through gamma radiation. (Why and how Banner becomes the Hulk is established in the movie's opening credits.)

On the run, Banner attempts to cure himself of the Hulk before he's captured by General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt). The General's worst fears are realized when power-hungry soldier (Tim Roth) becomes a similar but more Hulk-like creature (called the "Abomination").

This movie has it all: action, drama, humour, (dare I say) incredible special effects, and good acting (with one exception).

I missed Jennifer Connelly who played Dr. Elizabeth "Betty" Ross in the 2003 movie. Here she's replaced by Liv Tyler who's rather bland.

The CGI creation of the Hulk was quite good. This movie did not over rely on special effects but let the actors do their jobs. It was only at the end where (as you can probably guess) there's a confrontation between the Hulk and the Abomination that the movie becomes cartoon-like.

Be sure to look for a few cameo appearances. Do not miss, especially, Lou Ferrigno (who played the Hulk in the late 1970's television series). He voiced the words said by the CGI Hulk in this movie. (Lou...what a guy!!)

I also liked the "Days without Incident" meter. I thought this was a nice touch.

Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2008) has good picture and sound quality. It has two extras.

In conclusion, this is a surprisingly entertaining Hulk movie. Be sure to watch it to discover why you shouldn't get Bruce Banner mad. (You wouldn't like him when he's mad.)

(2008; 1 hr, 50 min; wide screen; 20 scenes)

<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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In 2003, Ang Lee directed a brooding, inward-looking movie about the Incredible Hulk... and it bombed at the box office as badly as it did with fans.

So there was much rejoicing when the franchise got rebooted five years later with "The Incredible Hulk." This is what a movie about a giant green rage-monster should be -- a lean, muscular action movie with a thread of bittersweet romance, and solid performances by William Hurt, Edward Norton and Liv Tyler.

A few years ago, Bruce Banner was exposed to gamma radiation in a failed military experiment, which turned him into a giant green berserker. Ever since then, the cruel General Ross (Hurt) has been mercilessly pursuing him, so they can create giant green soldiers.

And after a few years hiding in Brazil, Banner is finally found by the military... only to end up on the run after he Hulks his way out of the confrontation. He may be able to get a cure, but only if he gets the original data from the experiment, which means sneaking back into the US to see his ex-girlfriend Betty (Tyler). Betty is also Ross's daughter. Awkward.

And after the military attacks him again, Banner ends up hulking out, then goes on the run with Betty to find a cure. But he doesn't know that Ross has taken special measures to capture him, by dosing elite soldier Neil Blonsky (Tim Roth) with a supersoldier serum -- which unleashes a monster far worse than the Hulk.

"The Incredible Hulk" gave audiences everything that Ang Lee's movie was missing. It has pretty much everything you can ask from a movie about a giant green id-monster -- lots of explosions, gunfire, chases, and a core story about a man whose life is destroyed by the ambitious people who want to use the Hulk's power.

And the movie lopes along at a fast pace, slowing down for the occasional romantic scene when Betty and Bruce are alone. There are some funny moments ("Don't make me... hungry!"), but the overall mood is a somber one -- you're always aware of danger, and how much Bruce has lost through no fault of his own.

The one problem I have with this movie? Edward Norton. Don't get me wrong, his performance is absolutely stellar, and his rewrites of the script made the movie even better. But he doesn't quite work as the quiet, shy nerd -- he can't turn off the wiry intensity that he always exudes.

But the other actors are spot on -- Hurt as a cold, sociopathic soldier who doesn't care who dies as long as he gets the Hulk, Tyler as the loving supportive Betty who can soothe the savage beast, and Roth as a battle-happy soldier whose obsession with fighting turns him into a monster.

"The Incredible Hulk" is exactly what you'd want from a Hulk movie -- romance, tragedy, and Hulk smashing. A fun popcorn movie with some darker edges.
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on December 27, 2013
I really like the movie and the Blue ray package of extras that come with it. It really makes the blue ray purchase worth it. The same goes with buying Blue ray Avengers and THOR.
You have to love a movie team that not only puts the movie on disc but a host of really meaningful extras like deleted scenes and " How it was shot" parts!
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on May 27, 2011
As every other review points out, this movie is nothing like Ang Lee's ill-conceived Hulk movie. This one is most certainly about 'Hulk Smash', and not 'Hulk Brood,' containing the finest action sequences of any Marvel movie. The final fight sequence, in which Hulk and Abomination tear through Harlem, is worth the cost of the disc alone. It's one of those scenes action fans will skip to when they're looking for a quick-fix. That isn't to say that this is just a big dumb action flick. Edward Norton does an excellent job as Bruce Banner, peaceful scientist and William Hurt and Tim Roth are only a few steps behind as the aging warmongers looking to exploit him.

In many ways, this could be described as The Incredible Hulk: The Series: The Movie as it captures the TV show's melancholy vibe and sees Bruce Banner constantly fleeing his enemies and his temper. Liv Tyler is somewhat underwhelming as Betty Ross but that doesn't do much to limit my enjoyment of this film.


Norton's battle with the studio over the final cut of this film was infamous and, having seen what was cut, I'll say that he has a point. I don't know if the deleted scenes would've made this a better movie but they're certainly worth watching. There's also a commentary track and some well-made making-of featurettes.


The Blu-Ray format is pretty essential for a movie that relies so heavily on CGI. The transfer is top-drawer and your HD set will certainly earn it's keep, particularly during Hulk's first and last appearances.

Bottom Line

The plot and characterization are good (not great) but this movie's action sequences are where it shines. A treat for fans of the comic and tv series, the green goliath's second film film really deserves a bigger audience.
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on October 23, 2012
I had hesitated for a long time before seeing this movie. I really only got it to give me the Hulk background before watching the Avengers. I was pleasantly surprised with a good storyline and was entertained. I'm glad they brought the Hulk back with some compassion.
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on December 19, 2012
The digital copy of this is expired so it isn't really a 3 disc special edition anymore. Its a 2 disc. But the product arrived fairly quickly and was in good shape. So i was (mostly) happy with it.
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on December 29, 2011
Ed Norton acts really well in this movie. The story line and CGI is more realistic in this movie compared to the first HULK.
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on December 31, 2012
I know people thought this was a corny movie but I liked it. Brought back memories of the weekly TV show that I enjoyed.
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on August 23, 2012
As a Hulk fan I thouroghly enjoyed this movie. Ed Norton does quite a good piece of acting here. The scenes are done exceptionly well, especially the scene outdoors at the university. Liv Tyler is awesome in her rather emotional role. The storey line is acceptable - being that many other comic book type shows are not. I also enjoyed the original movie by Ang Lee. See, a "hooked" Hulk fan.
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