The Incredible Hulk Unremarkable Comic Book Fare
- Friday, June 13, 2008
While it won’t matter to action movie fans, Bruce as Hulk is completely computer generated. And although the action sequences are impressive, you never for a minute forget that it’s mostly CG, especially in the end when Blonsky gets his own Hulk-like abilities and the two battle across Harlem destroying everything in their path.
Suspending disbelief is the name of the game when watching a film like this, yet there is just a little bit too much to suspend to make The Incredible Hulk a truly great superhero movie. For fans, Hulk is redeemed from his recent fall from grace. Yet for everyone else, the film is slightly above average popcorn fare: fun to watch but largely forgettable.
- Language/Profanity: A small amount of profanity. The Lord’s name taken in vain once.
- Violence/Gore: A great deal of summer action style violence, largely bloodless, but brutal nonetheless. Street toughs threaten Bruce and a female factory worker he is sweet on. Soldiers chase Bruce through the streets of a Brazilian ghetto shooting at him. The Hulk (and later the evil Hulk) destroys all manner of machinery and buildings to defend himself against attackers. All sorts of military equipment and vehicles (from hummers to helicopters) are destroyed during several long battle sequences. Attacking soldiers and assorted bad guys are thrown around like rag dolls. Plenty of gun violence and explosions. Two CG Hulks beat the stuffing out of one another in the middle of New York City, leaving the expected path of collateral damage to the people, vehicles and buildings in their way. Watching the transformation process from human to Hulk is at times a bit gruesome. Several medical scenes, involving needles and injections, are graphic.
- Sex/Nudity: Bruce spends the night at Betty’s house, but the two don’t sleep together despite the fact that they obviously want to. Later when they are on the lam, the two of them fall into bed together kissing and groping, intending to have sex. They stop themselves, however, when they realize Bruce’s elevated heart rate could turn him into The Hulk. No explicit nudity is shown.
- Drugs/Alcohol: One scene where the general is shown in a bar intoxicated and smoking a cigar.
- Worldview: We have the standard morality here typical of a superhero flick. Good guy has a power he would rather not have. Bad guys want to use the power for bad things. It would be a stretch to say that there are lessons in the importance of anger management. In this version of the story, Bruce’s character turns into The Hulk seemingly when his pulse hits 200, rather than simply when he gets angry. As a character Bruce Banner exhibits a sort of tragic nobility, sequestering himself from the one he loves to protect her and other innocents from the power he cannot control.
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