Hancock (Unrated Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006) stars in this action-packed comedy as Hancock, a sarcastic, hard-living and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno), his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again--until he meets a woman (2003 Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Best Actress, Monster) with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past.
Hancock turns the standard superhero movie inside-out: The title character (Will Smith) can fly, has superstrength, and is invulnerable, but he's also a sloppy, alcoholic jerk who causes millions of dollars in property damage whenever he bothers to fight crime. When he saves the life of a public-relations agent named Ray (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development), Ray decides to improve Hancock's image--starting by having Hancock surrender himself to the authorities and go to prison for his lawless behavior. The idea is that once he's in prison, the crime rate will go up, and people will start to realize Hancock might be of value after all. This is only the first act of Hancock--from there, the movie takes several clever turns that shouldn't be revealed. Hancock isn't a great movie (among other things, director Peter Berg overuses close-ups with a hand-held camera to a degree that may cause motion sickness), but it is an extremely entertaining one. The script, which holds together far better than most superhero movies, has a propulsive plot, good dialogue, some compassion for its characters, and even an actual idea or two. The spectacular action at least gestures towards obeying the laws of physics, which actually makes the special effects more vivid. The three leads (Smith, Bateman, and Charlize Theron as Ray's wife, Mary) deftly balance the movie's mixture of comedy, action, and drama. All in all, a smart subversive twist on a genre that all too often takes itself all too seriously. --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.52 Ounces
- Item model number : 4314742
- Director : Peter Berg
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 3 hours and 14 minutes
- Release date : November 25, 2008
- Actors : Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Eddie Marsan, Johnny Galecki
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Cantonese, Korean, French, English, Spanish
- Producers : Will Smith, Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001F76PDS
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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How Hancock was different from your run of the mill hero flick was that he doesn’t really care and when he chooses to intervene he usually screws things up. He’s set up as an anti-hero at first. Booze is his friend and bad guys are just an annoyance.
Along the way there are plenty of jokes as well like when Hancock saves Ray and then insults the crowd that gathered around. One guy says that Ray should sue Hancock for the damage done to his car. Hancock replies that the man should sue McDonalds for being fat. Again, this is another element of Hancock as the anti-hero. He doesn’t care what people think about him. In fact, he has an adversarial relationship with the public.
The story then focuses upon whether Ray can change Hancock into an actual hero. This is where the story actually becomes conventional because you know where it’s going to go.
The twist with Mary was unexpected. The problem however was you knew that Hancock was going to change. It was just a matter of how long it would take. That’s why I said this was an attempt to change the superhero genre. It’s still good however and there are plenty of laughs as well.
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It's definitely not a bad film. In fact, it's pretty good. However, not only was it made while superhero movies weren't as mega popular as they are today, but the prospect of a more 'adult-themed' superhero movie was just about as far off as possible (how that would one day change with 'Deadpool' and 'Logan!'). You don't have to be a fan of Will Smith to appreciate this 'darker' take on the genre. It poses the question would the general populous really put up with someone so strong that they can basically do whatever they want without the consequences that the rest of us have to face? Not only that, but someone who causes rampant destruction - even in the name of 'good.'
Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron are the main two other stars attached the project and I'm pleased to say that they're not just there to lend their names, but their characters do have significant parts to play in the overall story and make a distraction from this being a Will Smith stand-alone film only.
I guess one thing that hasn't held up so well over the years is the CGI used to show Hancock flying around the city (and trashing it!). It all looks very much like it was rendered for a home console and then Will Smith superimposed over the top of it. 'The Avengers' and pretty much any other film that has used mass destruction of a city since 2008 has done these kind of effects better.
The other major problem with the film is that it doesn't really have an antagonist. I guess Hancock wrestling the demons of being cursed with these sorts of powers seemed to be enough for the film-makers. It's not a long film (a modest hour and a half) and it felt like the writers suddenly thought that these plot themes might actually not be enough and attempted to throw in a villain at about the hour mark. This doesn't really add that much and probably could have been taken out all together if they didn't feel confident enough to expand this aspect to be an ongoing part of the story.
However, those are a couple of minor gripes. Will Smith is as awesome as ever (as are Bateman and Theron - seems unfair to leave them out!) and if you like superhero movies then you should definitely watch this one. It's not as dark and adult as 'Logan' or 'Deadpool,' yet it's certainly not as 'family friendly' as Disney's MCU, but it's still fun. Enjoy.
It is indeed a big challenge to create a new super hero, with a new hero theme soundtrack after all there has been created.
Will Smith performs and incarnates the transformation from a wasted anyone into a caring mighty one.
Charlize: this angel switches and renews the second half of the movie in a remarcable balance of sensuality and determination.
Bateman is funny without even trying and links the whole with subtlety.
Only one but in here : The character of the psyco enemy does not look connected to the rest of the context, doesn't he?
Ethics, yin-yang philosophies, role models and society issues condensed in a funny entertainement.