Anger Management
The Incredible Hulk
Review by Ross Anthony

Ed Norton and Tim Roth both possess considerable acting power. I dare say, if allowed, they could create far more emotional cinematic impact than an army of noisy computer-generated images (CGI). Still, the potential of a film offering both intrigued me. Unfortunately, it's the CGI that this film favors.

In fact, even as the lead, Norton nonetheless has little opportunity to show off any of his ability. His role as Bruce Banner is scripted razor thin as to allow more film time for big noisy action. The picture tells us nearly nothing about him except that he's a rather shoddy scientist.

Over fifty percent of the action consists of the US army chasing this scientist on foot, yet unable to catch him. Another chunk of action pits the Hulk against the US army. The last chunk is the interesting bit, when Roth's character mixes it up in the fray. This is when the film steps up and makes itself worthy of the big screen.

Also done well -- the introduction to the audience of Banner in Brazil. There's a long sweeping aerial shot that is simply gorgeous. Most of the scenes in Brazil are likewise beautiful. A Latin master of Martial Arts and/or Yoga teaches Banner to control his heart rate, his anger. What an excellent way to bring us into the film! Why did filmmakers taint it with the quick collage of flashbacks that came before? That information could have (and nearly completely was) inserted intermittently.

Overall, the film is at its best when brandishing a smart sense of humor, and winking a knowing eye to comicbook lovers -- especially with relevant cameos. But the action is more noisy than memorable and fails to carry a script lacking in impact, depth and originality.

Related Links:
My Review of Iron Man.

The Incredible Hulk -- Book Contest --

  • The Incredible Hulk. Copyright © 2008.
  • Starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell.
  • Directed by Louis Leterrier.
  • Screenplay by Zak Penn, Edward Harrison.
  • Produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd, Kevin Feige at Marvel/Universal.

Grade..........................C+ (1/4)

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