The Incredible Hulk

June 10th, 2008 by exolstice

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I don’t want to oversell this movie, but I think we can safely add it the list of “best super hero movies ever.” It easily ranks right up there with Iron Man, Batman Begins, and X-Men 2. If I had to use one made-up word to describe the movie, it would be “nerdgasm.”

For starters, if you were expecting another endlessly long and boring psychological deconstruction of the character, let me allay those fears immediately. This film strikes a perfect balance between a good story and solid action sequences. When the movie starts, Bruce Banner has already been exposed to the gamma radiation, and now he’s on the run from the US Military.

You might also be worried about the quality of the CGI. Don’t be. While it still isn’t perfect, it’s a lot better than anything we’ve seen in the past. Close-ups usually stretch suspension of disbelief, but for the most part, long shots and action sequences will have you believing they created a 9 foot tall green monster just for the movie. And when an audience flinches as a CGI character gets brutally punched in the face, I’d say that’s a pretty good indicator of the special effects quality.

As for the cast, they were uniformly excellent. I especially enjoyed William Hurt as General Ross who looks like he just walked right off the comic book page.

You want fan service? You got it. This film is filled with references to other aspects of the Marvel universe: SHIELD, Stark Industries, super soldiers, and lots more that I wouldn’t want to spoil. In fact, there’s an extra scene (similar to the one in Iron Man) at the end of the film, which had the audience cheering. The filmmakers are really doing a great job of making these movies feel like they’re part of the same world.

Even if you aren’t a comic book fan, this film works purely as a sci-fi action flick. Highly recommended.

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