The Hulk 2003 PG-13 CC

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Marvel Super Hero, the Hulk, explodes onto the screen in this special-effects epic starring Eric Bana and directed by Ang Lee.

Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly
2 hours 19 minutes

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The Hulk

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Genres Science Fiction, Action
Director Ang Lee
Starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly
Supporting actors Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte, Paul Kersey, Cara Buono, Todd Tesen, Kevin Rankin, Celia Weston, Mike Erwin, Lou Ferrigno, Stan Lee, Regi Davis, Craig Damon, Geoffrey Scott, Regina McKee Redwing, Daniel Dae Kim, Daniella Kuhn, Michael Kronenberg
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

I have never been a fan of the Hulk, never read the comics, never seen the tv-show, but I really liked this movie!
Nils Johansson
Ang Lee may be a talented director but he should stick to films like crouching tiger hidden dragon , and he should stay away from comic book movies in the future.
It's just too bad that so many people were, I feel, led to expect something that they, ultimately, weren't going to get.
Ron Sullivan

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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful By mljkb on November 16, 2003
Format: DVD
The "Hulk" is a good movie, often times great. The first half of the movie is a long, methodical character study of people under immense emotional torture, especially Bruce Banner (a pitch-perfect Eric Bana) and Betty Ross (Jennifer Connely). It is hinted that they share a dark past filled with absentee fathers and a secret military project that they might now be working on again, 30 years later. This first half or so is the reason why the "Hulk" was not well recieved among viewers and critics. People were expecting either another "Spiderman" or another "X-Men" or its sequel, filled with those films' brimming everyman qualities and light-pacing throughout, or the Hulk of the 70s t.v. show, who aided people when he had and anger spell. But director Ang Lee opted for a more tragic approach, with plenty of Freudinized angst, along the lines of repressed memories manifesting themselves in dreams. And while Lee sometimes overdoes it, his decision ultimately makes "Hulk" far more interesting than the t.v. show whose premise wore thin after a few episodes and a little more intriguing than Marvels past comic-book adaptations . However, action junkies need not fear. Things kick into high gear in the film's fast-paced and action-packed final act as Banner escapes from a military compound where they were hoping to harvest him for their own purposes. He then proceeds to tear up the california desert in a wondrously shot sequence that shows off the ILM's incredibly life-like and belivable Hulk creation and the films' unique style of editing that makes the film feel like a comic-book with skillfully juxtaposed images from various camera shots that describe various scenes that occur simaltaneously in the film.Read more ›
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dark Mechanicus JSG on October 10, 2005
Format: DVD
I'll just ask you this: isn't it better to have a trippy, funky, eccentric flick like Ang Lee's "Hulk" than no Hulk movie at all?

Look, let's boil Ang Lee's rippingly fun new movie 'Hulk' down to its core components: it's about brilliant nanotechnological research scientist Bruce Banner who one day, while working in his lab, gets 'belted' by Gamma rays. What should have been a fatal exposure combines with certain---erm, genetic irregularities---to create some major anger management problems for Dr. Banner.

You see, every time he gets angry---really angry---he turns into a big green man. A big green man with expandable purple stretch pants that assist with his modesty during his transformations from Eric Bana into a completely CGI-generated bright green monster.

A big green man that hurls tanks and helicopters about like they were toys. A big green man whose erstwhile captor, General Ross (played competently but shallowly by Sam Elliot), decides to let escape from an underground Area 51-esque base, the better to 'fight him outside.'

Umm, OK. The truth is that Ang Lee brings his stellar cinematic sensibilities (from movies like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Sense and Sensibility") to Marvel's storied Incredible Hulk: like the little nanites that flow through Bruce's body and the gamma rays, the marriage of Lee to the comic book material results in a whole that is greater---and greener---than the sum of its parts.

'Hulk' is solidly entertaining, visually gorgeous, and---especially for a summer blockbuster---an unusually experimental film that manages to entertain and startle simultaneously.

Those who go to "Hulk" looking for stellar special effects will leave highly satisfied.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Vernon on November 6, 2005
Format: DVD
I think the reviews of Ang Lee's film say more about the reviewer than they do the film. If what you're looking for is slim on story and long on whiz-bang visual effects, then perhaps this "Hulk" is not for you. If you're satisfied by more explosion than exposition, I'd suggest any number of other comic book movies.

Ang Lee has been vilified for creating here a smart, tight, thoughtful movie that just so happens to be about a comic book (anti)hero. Which means that much of its built-in audience is going to be surprised by what they get in this film: a multilayered story that is rich with subtext; excellent performances by award-winning actors; clever dialogue and assured pacing.

In other words, for those who love movies, this is a good one.

Far from perfect, this movie does succumb to summer blockbuster visual effects-itis by the end and for my money it degenerates into noisy racket for the lowest common denominator in the multiplex. However, what fun it is to get there.

This is a much smarter movie than it needs to be, probably better suited to those who are more interested in a good story than to those who want some brainless "pow!" with their butter-flavored popcorn. There is no doubt that Hulk smash- Hulk smash expectations, Hulk smash conventions, Hulk smash the low-set bar for comic book adaptations. Hulk smash.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erica Starks on January 1, 2005
Format: DVD
To begin with, I had very low expectations of "The Hulk." Many of my friends had gone to see it in the theatre and the basic sentiment among most of them is that it was "boring," "too-long", and "confusing." This coming from people who are not simply violent-action movie junkies convinced me to wait until this movie was released on DVD. In a way, I'm glad I did.

As someone who only has a basic knowledge of Hulklore, I can't authentically critique the movie much when it comes to how well it followed the comic books. What I can say is that in comparison to many other well-adapted comic book series (X-Men, Spiderman, and yes...even Daredevil) this one actually stands out when it comes to how well the main character's inner turmoil and past experiences are used to shape his current conflicts with not only himself, but the forces around him. Eric Bana (who cemented his hunk status with his stunning performance in the lackluster Troy) has received a lot of criticism for his lack of energy in portraying Bruce Banner, but when you consider how repressed and guarded the character is about his past and present emotions, it's obvious that Bana's performance is actually quite impressive in it's accuracy.

Another thing that stuck out to me from a characterization viewpoint is how Sam Elliott's character (the main villain) was far from one-dimensional and actually very relatable and humanistic, especially when it came to his relationship with his daughter Betty (an appropriately subdued portrayal by Jennifer Connelly.) In fact, other than the typical villain-type Talbot (Josh Lucas did very well too, by the way), none of the players in this film were overtly or innately evil.
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