IMDb Rating: 6,8/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Zak Penn
Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
The second film of Marvel Cinematic Universe, an improved, and an ideal version of Ang Lee’s “Hulk” after being said as a failure movie. With Louis Leterrier as the director who handles everything and Edward Norton as Bruce Banner before Mark Ruffalo replaces his role, this film is not one of the most memorable and greatest of all the universe. What’s more, unlike “Iron Man” which is in all aspects are quite stunning without any disadvantages, “The Incredible Hulk” is fresh than that and comparing it to Ang Lee’s might would be pretty shallow. Yet, this film is one of the most underrated of all because I prefer Edward Norton as the Hulk rather than Mark Ruffalo, no offensive. But now, let’s talk about “The Incredible Hulk,” a form of a green monster who always controls his emotions should also be considered as one of the memorable and important films of all.
Depicting the events after the Gamma Bomb. ‘The Incredible Hulk‘ tells the story of Dr. Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges; The Abomination.
So, the first opening sequence opened with a background from Dr. Bruce Banner played by Edward Norton, who seemed vague but we understood what really happened. It quite reminds me of something, something on the past which really gave me quick some kind of deja vu or something like that. Yet, as Bruce Banner is considered to be one of the most wanted fugitives because he managed to escape from an experiment made itself one of the monsters controlled by anger and rage, Banner is now undergoing exile in a remote city in Brazil while finding preventive medicine for himself. Sometimes, the Hulk reminded me of the Godzilla and King Kong, from his tantrums, how he shouted while pounding his chest, and jumped up and down from the building to another. However, he would never be anything if he couldn’t turn into a green monster without clothes, just pants.
In brief, “The Incredible Hulk” provides two plots alternate without any transition, a Dr. Bruce Banner’s plot looking for a cure and Emil Blonsky as a soldier under the leadership of General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross who is hunting Bruce Banner. From these two plots, it can be said that it seems a cat-and-mouse whose attack each other, one tries to run away and one wants to define it to be bloodthirsty. The sub-plot of the relationship between Banner and Betty, the son of General Ross yet she hates the behavior of her father who saw Bruce Banner. This relationship is actually a bit important if you mention how the main plot is shown because if there is no Betty, maybe Banner’s figure is nothing. How did Emil Blonsky who was looking for Bruce Banner in a long-time overwhelmed with all the hatred and resentment in him be one of the good points? It’s a premise which everything would get better.
“The Incredible Hulk” for the rest offers three main action scene in each structure: in the factory in Brazil, in the city of Banner was a doctor and the final confrontation between Eli Roth and Edward Norton in New York. The director also seems taking the shot at night which might be have something behind it. The figure of Bruce Banner that was portrayed by Edward Norton is indeed much memorable such as Mark Ruffalo but he was able to show someone who was depressed with the past that haunted him and the dark side which always approached him. Eli Roth as the antagonist was also able to give a great performance of a person who was full of revenge for the Hulk because he was subdued and wanted his second chance.
The rest of those, I don’t really like how the CGI’s quite ridiculous in some scenes from the helicopter, fighting between the Hulk and the Abomination with cracks full of CGI, but this version is indeed a bit realistic instead of given by Ang Lee. The director always takes part in the shot by running while following the plot itself. See how Banner ran while being chased by S.W.A.T troops – or whatever, Banner always alienates itself, and its characteristics. The movie also uses references from Bill Bixby as Hulk in the 70s and 80s. You can see it when Edward Norton changing the TV channels even if just for an instant. Just like Marvel films in general, it can’t be separated from a cameo of Stan Lee who also participated in this film and it’s very noticeable.
That’s all I can say about Louis Leterrier’s “The Incredible Hulk“. Giving something fresh and two plots collide with each other in order to reach something even wanna be at the top. But, this is just a decent movie with all the action that seems a bit long when you want to achieve it regardless of the short duration. Unlike “Iron Man,” the film has more value in its action sequence while “Iron Man” isn’t much to do but the plus value for the film is more careful with the plot and the development of the main character. Not too memorable, not too interesting, and not too great. “The Incredible Hulk” is like being superfluous in some other aspects which is great if it’s just there.