The Incredible Hulk
(out of 5)
The mean green mother is back, a little slicker than last time, and thankfully, a lot sillier. It’s been almost a year since anyone has seen Bruce Banner (Edward Norton), as he has escaped from his university laboratory and scientist girlfriend (Liv Tyler) to hide out in a Brazilian slum. Tyler’s father (William Hurt), the military big-wig behind the experiment that led to Norton turning into a behemoth fighting machine, locates our hero and chases him all the way home, but not before arming another soldier (Tim Roth) with similar capabilities (and even deadlier results). The plot doesn’t always make sense, but it’s told with such B-movie zeal that it really doesn’t have to; the effects are great without overtaking the adventurous nature of the film, while the personal relationship at the story’s core is effective without being too maudlin. The actors are a hell of a lot better cast this time, with charismatic (and hilariously scrawny) Norton replacing the weakly uninteresting Bana and lovely Tyler stepping in for the way too serious Jennifer Connelly. Look for Lou Ferrigno in a small cameo (he actually provides the Hulk’s voice for the film).
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Story and Screenplay by Zak Penn
Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr.
Music by Craig Armstrong
Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli
Cast Tags: Aaron Berg, Adrian Hein, Al Vrkljan, Arnold Pinnock, Carla Nascimento, Carlos A. González, Chris Owens, Chris Ratz, Christina Cabot, David Collins, David Meunier, Débora Nascimento, DeShaun Clarke,Desmond Campbell, Edward Norton, Genelle Williams, Grant Nickalls, Greg Bryk, James Downing, Jason Burke, Jason Hunter, Javier Lambert, Jee-Yun Lee, Joe La Loggia, John Carvalho, John MacDonald, Joris Jarsky, Julio Cesar Torres Dantas, Krista Vendy, Lenka Matuska, Liv Tyler, Lou Ferrigno, Martin Starr, Matt Purdy, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Michael K. Williams, Mila Stromboni, Moses Nyarko, Nicholas Rose,Nick Alachiotis, P.J. Kerr, Paul Soles, Pedro Salvín, Peter Mensah, Raimundo Camargo Nascimento, Rickson Gracie, Robert Morse, Roberto Bakker, Robin Wilcock, Ruru Sacha, Scott Magee, Shaun McComb, Simon Wong, Stephen Broussard, Stephen Gartner, Tamsen McDonough, Tig Fong, Tim Blake Nelson, Tim Roth, Todd Hofley, Tony Nappo, Tre Smith, Ty Burrell, Wayne Robson, Wes Berger, William Hurt, Yan Regis