Posted on 7/02/11 11:43 AM
This explosive, action-packed adventure, in one of the most popular super hero sagas, unfolds with a cure-in-reach for the world's most primal force of fury: The Incredible Hulk. Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is living in the shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the war mongers who dream of abusing his powers won't leave him alone - nor will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Our brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by the Abomination, a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers more than match the Hulk's own, and a fight of comic-book proportions ensues, threatening New York City with total destruction!
I've always loved the story to the Incredible Hulk because there is so much more too him than being green and stronger than your average guy. This film was no exception to me. I loved the entire idea of Bruce Banner being a fugitive from the American Government because they want to make a weapon. The best thing about the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is that they tend to add the military in sometimes as some kind of irritating conflict; take Iron Man 2 or X-Men 2 for other examples. True, it cannot be named a political thriller but the military's appearance really generates a profound effect throughout as they bring about the Abomination and the General's daughter is Banner's love interest.
There are two characters I find worth discussing at any point and they are the hero (Bruce Banner) and the villain (Emil Blonsky). Bruce Banner is a real survivor and Edward Norton portrayed this very well; creating a much better version of the character than Eric Bana in Ang Lee's Hulk. But the main thing is that I was able to sympathise with Banner extremely well in all his struggles. Blonksy was a Royal Marine turned devastating monster played by Tim Roth. After seeing Roth in things like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, this was the last thing I expected him to be involved with but he suited it quite well. A personal complaint against Roth was the English accent amongst American ones which always seems to bother me in films...
Overall, this was a great Avengers film leading up to what will possibly be Marvel Comic's biggest milestone and achievement since the films first began to come about in the first place. Very good film and not many complaints at all. I refuse to give it five stars because although I can watch it a lot in the space of some months, I would not be able to watch it over and over and over as I can Lord of the Rings or The Dark Knight.