Dr. David Banner is on to something. He is trying to create the super soldier for the government by making a formula created from organisms that regenerate and spontaneously heal. He decides to fast forward the process by testing on a human- himself. This sounds like a good enough idea until shortly thereafter his wife informs him that she is pregnant. It takes about 18 months, but he soon sees signs in his son, Bruce, has something inside of him, but he is not sure what. He begins to now work on a cure. But when the base commander, General Ross (Sam Elliot) finds out about the human experimentation he shuts down the project. This starts an unfortunate chain of events that no one foresees.
Fast forward 30 years.
Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is a nice enough fellow, but has no feeling - no passion this according to his ex-girlfriend and colleague. But she is wrong. He does have a passion - science. Just like his father. And it is this passion that gets them all in trouble. They are working on an experiment similar to what David Banner was working on and in the midst of this; Bruce is struck by intense Gamma Rays. They end result is whatever is inside of him (thanks to his father) is stimulated. And this begins the emergence of The Hulk.
Now that the big green guy has been unleashed can he be contained?
Oh boy. I have two major problems with this movie. The filmmakers attempt to make movie into a comic book and a comic book into a film - at the same time. Some of the gimmicks used on the screen were supposed to give the viewer the feel of reading a comic book by displaying the scene in split screen or picture in picture. That's fine. But they also took the story of the Hulk and tried to make a film out of it. And I mean film as opposed to movie. You can't have it both ways. I can appreciate Ang Lee wanting to make films and movies that mean something. But you know what? Bruce Banner is a man who turns into that big green thing that forgets how to speak proper English. What is serious about that? Why the need to make that mean something? I want to see the big guy tear up a bunch of stuff and not much more. I don't need a serious and dark story in the background. Especially a story that strays from the one I watched in the 70's.
Adding insult to injury is the extreme overacting of Nick Nolte who spent the entire movie looking like his mug shot and chewing up every scene he was in.
I don't have too many nice things to say. The CGI actually worked this time. It was very cool to see Lou Ferrigno and seeing him reminded me of how much I really miss Bill Bixby. That's about it, folks.
Worth a DVD rental for the special effects.
A big hulking mess.
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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2003
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