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Summary:
Bruce Banner's (Eric Bana) peaceful existence as a brilliant researcher working with cutting edge genetic technology hides a nearly forgotten and painful past. His ex-girlfriend and fellow researcher, Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly), has grown tired of Bruce's cordoned off emotional terrain and relegates herself to remaining an onlooker to his quiet life--until a simple oversight in the lab leads to an explosive situation in which Bruce heroically saves a fellow researchers life by absorbing a normally deadly dose of gamma radiation. Surprisingly unscathed from the accident, Bruce can't deny experiencing some strange side effects--including blackouts and the feeling that there is some kind of strange and dark, yet attractive, presence within him. All the while an impossibly strong, rampaging creature, who comes to be known as the Hulk, continues its sporadic appearances, cutting a swath of destruction in his wake. But Betty Ross has her theories, she knows the shadowy figure lurking in the background, Bruce's father David, is somehow connected. She may be the only one who understands the link between the scientist and the Hulk, but her efforts may be too late to save both man and creature.

Review:
Eric Bana's portrayal of Bruce Banner is absolutely brilliant in this Ang Lee take on the Green Meanie. Most critics concur the computer generated Incredible Hulk doesn't look real enough and moviegoers should be forewarned before throwing down $9. Well I'm here to tell you the contrary. I believe early trailers and the video game had a lot to do with the critics take on this movie. The final product (including the Green Meanie) looks like a polished piece of work, ready to steer box office patrons into the world of Bruce Banner and his alter ego. The video game follows a different format entirely and should be discernable to the trained eye. The video game features an obviously cartoon-like representation of the Green Meanie using cel-shading. Cel-shading has become a popular effect in videogames including Auto Modellista (Capcom), Jet Set Radio Future (Sega), Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (Nintendo). The movie on the other hand utilizes realistic CG which looks ten times better than previous CG counterparts (Shrek, Scooby Doo, etc). Hindsight tells us using cel-shading in the videogame and releasing it weeks before the movie was a bad decision on Universal Studios part. Since most critics are stubborn and stupid (unable to discern from business trends in videogames and movies), the video game placed critics in a negative mindset when it came to the movie, making them far too critical. 

Despite a lackluster storyline, Ang Lee's direction for this film is Oscar worthy. Considering all the obstacles he had (main character CG, high-budget=high expectations=dumbing down movie for bigger demographic). Ang Lee uses various camera angles and visual effects to concisely display Bruce Banners mental state. This gives the movie short of an artsy Japanese feel and is a pleasant turn-around from action and CG packed X2: Xmen United. One of the nicer effects is when Bruce Banner is looking at a picture and it begins to move like a moving picture, coalescing his emotions. 

In short, don't go to this movie if you are expecting a run-of-the-mill action flick. Ang Lee shows us why he's one of Hollywood's greatest directors by raising the bar in the comic-book movie genre by giving it a much need boost in integrity and direction. 

See this movie if you're a fan of:

X2: X-men United (2003)

Spider-Man (2002)

Daredevil (2003)

Batman (Popular movie franchise 1989-Present)

Ang Lee (Director, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)


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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Eric Bana (as Bruce Banner)
Jennifer Connelly (as Betty Ross)
Sam Elliott (as Ross)
Josh Lucas (as Talbot)
Nick Nolte (as Father)

Directed By: Ang Lee
Written By: John Turman & Michael France & James Schamus
Produced By: Universal Pictures

Release Date (US): June 17, 2003

Length of Movie: 2h 18min

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity.

Filming Location: California (Berkeley, China Lake, San Francisco, Los Angeles), Utah (Wendover)

Budget: $120,000,000

Opening Weekend: $62,128,420

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1. Main Title
2. Prolouge
3. Betty's Dream
4. Bruce's Memories
5. Captured
6. Dad's Visit
7. Hulk Out!
8. Father Knows Best
9. ...Making Me Angry
10. Gentle Giant
11. Hounds Of Hell
12. The Truth Revealed
13. Hulk's Freedom
14. A Man Again
15. The Lake Battle
16. The Aftermath
17. The Phone Call
18. End Credits
19. Set Me Free - Scott Weiland/Slash/Duff McKagan/Matt Sorum/Dave Kushner

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