Movie Reviews

Film Review: “The Incredible Hulk”

(Universal Pictures. 1 hour, 54 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images and brief suggestive content. Directed by Louis Leterrier.) Edward Norton (Bruce Banner/ Hulk), Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (Emil Blonsky/ Abomination), William Hurt (Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross), Christina Cabot (Major Kathleen "Kat" Sparr), Tim Blake Nelson (Samuel Sterns), Lou Ferrigno (Voice of the Hulk). Music by Craig Armstrong.

You know the tale: scientist Bruce Banner desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes The Hulk (he can’t get too excited; his pulse can’t go over 200). Director Leterrier dispenses with the backstory and wisely gets right to the action. Banner, hiding out in South America, is being chased down by Gen. Ross (Hurt, having fun), who wants to use him as a weapon. Also along for the crazy ride are Samuel, the scientist with a possible cure; Ross’ daughter and Banner love-interest Betty (the lush-lipped Tyler), Ross’ psycho-warrior Blonsky, who later morphs into “The Abomination” and has a climactic showdown with The Hulk. Yes, it’s better than Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk effort. I always like Norton, and he’s fine here; the CGI Hulk is impressive; good special effects (loved the soundwave cannons) and Leterrier keeps things moving. Servicable music by Armstrong. Is the movie “Incredible”? No, but I’d call it “Pretty Good Hulk.”