|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Josh Lucas, Brooke Langton, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Scott, Celia Weston|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Run time:||2 hours 12 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Nov 2003|
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Simply too slowBy Gromit (44 reviews) from Canterbury , 20 Apr 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]When you go to watch a film based on a comic book there are certain things you have in your mind as a prerequisite, the most obvious being action, action and more action. The problem with this film is that nothing - and i mean *nothing* - happens in the first 90 minutes. Granted after an hour and a half you are presented with 20-25 minutes of unadulterated comic book action, but unfortunately until that happens its quite simply dull. Its such a shame that it turned out this way as I was really looking forward to seeing the Hulk get the Spiderman/Daredevil/Batman blockbuster treatment it deserved. However I had to watch this film four times to actually be able to make it through the first 90 minutes without dozing off (seriously - Merchant Ivory films have more action!)...and I honestly believe that if it wasn't for the stunning good looks of Jennifer Connelly, I wouldn't have made it on the fourth watch. I give this movie 2 stars; one star for the great cast, Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott & Nick Nolte (who looks remarkably like Kris Kristofferson in this film) and one star for the special effects in the last half hour, I unlike many here appreciated the amount of effort that was put into the CGI. Great cast, Great story, Reasonable script, Good special effects - just overlong, uninteresting and plain dull dull dull for the first 90 minutes.
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An OK FilmBy AVSheard (133 reviews) , 06 Jul 2013This film was alright but could have been a lot better. It took a wile to get going and even then it was still broken down with long chunks of nothing. When ever it did get round to some action it was good but nothing special. the special effects were good especially the giant dogs that the Hulk had to fight at one point. Also I couldn't get this to play on my laptop (Dell) so I had watch it on the DVD player which was annoying and is something to bear in mind.
It's not bad...but it's not good either!By a customer from London , 23 Sep 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAn unusual translation from Comic Book to Silver Screen
For a character so big and bold, the subject matter is very low-key and makes you wonder what type of movie it actually is?
Eric Bana is totally miscast as the timid Bruce Banner and acts mostly pent-up through out his scenes, Jennifer Connelly is dough-eyed and lazy with the subject matter and with Nick Nolte's mannerisms and growl, he would of been better suited at Gen. Ross than the pedestrian Sam Elliot.
The film lacks characters and even when the Hulk shows up (too late in the movie!!!) there isn't any 'What the?' and 'RUN...Get outta here!!!' moments from extras to make it more engaging, he just shows up in San Francisco and nobody bats an eye-lid!
Spiderman or Superman just have to fly past the screen to get the 'wow' factor...not in this movie.
It's hard to blame the actors or Marvel on this film, I think the blame should be with the empty events that take place courtesy of James Schamas's script. There are no major villians, no epic heroic moment where Hulk saves a major disaster, even the origin story is pointless compared to the original comic book plot or TV show for that matter.
Ang Lee has a timid style and he makes his HULK a bouncing pondering green bobble of mass, when he should be a runaway torpedo, unstoppable and courageous...alas we get split screens and snappy edits to pace up the slow boring scenes.
Why oh why did they not offer this concept to the likes of Joe Dante or Steven Spielberg with a rousing score in the style of John Williams 'Superman' or Jerry Goldsmith's 'Capricorn One'/'Innerspace!'
HULK is simple a really great concept that has literally been lost in translation.....a shame!
it's one of my top films anyway!By cezzysblu (24 reviews) from Birmingham , 15 Aug 2010I like the idea the movie gives out.. that the hulk knows FREEDOM.. when he's not being blasted and bombed that is, and that freedom is something that us 'puny' humans can only dream about.
Very EnjoyableBy tayldn (27 reviews) from London , 20 Jun 2010Really enjoyed this movie. Perhaps the set-up in the first hour is a bit long and could have been a bit more exciting- but it's involving any way during this period and makes the action all the more enjoyable. Action is visceral and great fun and in-tune with the old comic books (loved the big jumps). The hulk here is sheer power. Maybe a little CGI but it's still pretty ace. Most importantly though, they managed to convey the pathos of the Hulk (which is why I like him and Spidey the best!) making him a character you can genuinely feel for. It's well acted and obvious set up for Hulk 2.
God awful!!!By Ketmeister (1 review) from Fleet , 13 Dec 2009Too slow, acting awful!