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Super Reviewer
December 23, 2015
The best of the three made-for-TV Incredible Hulk movies in my opinion, despite the major continuity flaw of Banner's incognito beard in the first half disappearing when he hulks out. Bill Bixby had shared some uncredited directing duties on the previous movie. Now, one year later, he is given full directing credit and he starts by recording a new simplified voice-over for the opening credits. Banner, under yet another assumed identity, tries to remain anonymous and keep his head down in the big city, but is arrested after the Hulk stands up to two lascivious criminals on the subway and then changes back. His assigned legal counsel is none other than Matt Murdock (Rex Smith), so we are treated to another superhero crossover with Daredevil. Daredevil wears a sleek black costume and demonstrates fairly impressive gymnastic and martial arts skills, so I don't mind that he steals the focus from Banner and the Hulk. Criminal, cutting-edge tech genius Wilson Frisk AKA Kingpin (voiced with a purr by John Rhys-Davies) wants to take control of the whole city's criminal underworld and, of course, eliminate that pesky Daredevil. Even with Frisk trying to cover up a jewelry heist and Murdock trying to protect two witnesses who saw a couple of the robbers there is still time for some creative Hulk transformations including the title one (can you spot Stan Lee's cameo?). A true ally, a little detective work, a deadly trap, and a big final showdown all add up to an exciting time.
July 15, 2014
a lot less campy than the last and the addition of Daredevil is great. this is the best of the Hulk tv stories and could have lead to some great spinoffs
Cinema-Maniac
Super Reviewer
May 31, 2014
Extra! Extra! CM lost yet another case against the general public (aka his college classroom). In his effort to prove Marvel monopoly on superheroes films is no excuse for laziness CM back himself with supporting evidence in court showing several Marvel films side by side. Asking the jury to name a director of a specific film to which they couldn't differentiate a single film for having a unique style, a different formula, or a different tone. He came prepared and determine to prove a point, but lost with an opposing evidence against him. The side against CM pointed to a positive review of Sharknado found on his profile which was enough to convince the jury his position on trail was futile and unanimously was found guilty in hating anything popular. This is not the first time CM lost a case against the general public. Similarly the same occurred when he declared "The Dark Knight" the worst influence to comic book films and titled the success of "Frozen" the end of creativity in American animation. Neither of those cases prove any success as he became bombarded by large number of defenders. Yes it seems by some colleagues his pursue for there to be great writing in films is coming at the sacrifice of seeing why a particular film appeal even when those supporters who see those same flaws. I'm simply attempting to this introduction as a news story because CM has no other way to open the review. Much the film he's about to review, this opening is lost potential for something that could have been clever, but ends up falling short of what seemed promising.

The Trail of the Incredible Hulk follows David Banner who is held for questioning about a mob crime, his only chance lies with his blind lawyer. Honestly the title of the film was enough to convince me to see the film. I expected it to be the first Marvel film acknowledge consequences for super powers. In the first act it appears that way with David Banner being sent to prison and meeting his blind lawyer Matt Murdock whose determine to defend him. Sure Banner case will help Murdock in his personal pursuit for justice, but is shown wanting to take the high minded road with the story. Now it should be brought up that the film skims through the background of David Banner and Matt Murdock. What we learn is enough to obtain an understanding for both characters having more in common than one might expect. It's more geared towards the characters driving the story than a story being driven by action. How the characters act make sense and their handling of their respective ordeals is seen as a logical one from their own view. Banner in this film does not turn into Hulk frequently demonstrating a restraint depicted in being difficult to maintain. We see Banner is a good guy, but not so much the world around him provoking him into madness with a desire to SMASH! We see a Banner not desiring to use powers for any good or bad motives. By the end it's a given he will use them for good, but brings the often ignored turmoil in depicting a individual that unlike other super heroes cannot be entirely good or evil by complete control.

Back on topic, the title of the film is misleading. Sadly the only time we're ever in court is in a dream sequence. What makes this dream sequence a tragic lost is if the scenario did happen it would have created a case that made proving Banner innocence allot more difficult. It's also easily the best sequence in the film showing the most of Hulk abilities and the first ever Stan Lee cameo. Also, the techniques used in this dream sequence put us directly in Banner shoes. Disorienting close ups, uncomfortable zooming in to people faces, and loud noises that won't stop that frankly just want to make you see HULK SMASH the court. Sadly post dream sequence the film takes a dive downward. Becoming more of a superhero team up than a high minded court film. Following the same formula of villain takes damsel, hero gets defeated, hero regaining his spirit, hero goes to save damsel, and villains get away on high tech flying speed boat from the top of tall building. Okay maybe not that last part, but that's the general outline. Yet at the same time despite these familiarity there are many moments that makes it feel different from Marvel usual outing. Often seeing Banner and Murdock lives as mundane. Coming from someone who seen a number of Marvel films different is refreshing.

The same notion applies to the technical and cast side of the film. Once again there is some promise among the crew, but along the way falter. Bill Bixby is the director, producer, and star of the film. Bixby dialogue for the first act is simple often saying simple phrases instead of speaking in complete sentences. As the film progresses Bixby has more lines making him able to hold a conversation through his angry voice. However, when Bixby is meant to transform into a green painted Lou Ferrigno his angry face is unintentionally hilarious. This also causes some continuity issues as Bixby beard disappears when he "Hulks-out". Ferrigno has the best moments in the film despite most of his dialogue requiring him to yell in rage. Sadly he doesn't get to show much of his strength aside from the trial scene. It shows the film had a small budget with as Hulk does little destruction and Daredevil fights scenes beside being incredibly lame are slowly performed with simple choreography. Spectacles are the one thing the budget can't contribute. Also, he doesn't make an appearance in the final act that while it breaks from the norm of the title character saving the day means Hulk is often seen running more than helping people. To be fair though, a green Lou Ferrigno still looks more realistic than CG Hulks. Rex Smith committed as Matt Murdock, though is bland. While I do praise Smith for never blinking in his role as a blind man it does severely limits his range of emotions with constant wide eyes. Plus his costume is just black which makes sense for fighting in the dark, but looks uninteresting when compared the sight of a green Lou Ferrigno. Finally John Rhys-Davies plays the villain Wilson Fisk. Everything he says is cheesy comic-book villainy and he's a having a blast with it. Embracing the goofy persona of his characters he's rather fun to see even if he's the villain. The supporting cast are part of the background with no standout. Some are good and some are hammy. As for director Bill Bixby his technique is just point and shoot. Visually the film ever rarely looks interesting with any noteworthy shot.

The Trail of the Incredible Hulk is different from Marvel usual affair. Granted it dated badly in some areas, but which specifically is up for debate. I don't know about you, but when Lou Ferrigno plays Hulk I can tell he is real and actually there unlike the CG Hulks. Unfortunately unlike CG Hulk, Lou Ferrigno is restricted to slow movements and deliver little in the way of destruction. However, this film does allot right. The characters are made human, Hulk and Daredevil team up is fun, and refreshing to see the title character not be the main hero in a Marvel film. It won't deliver the spectacles like todays Marvel films, but deliver on its characters and unlike most of Marvel releases it feels different. It's not as high minded as one would hope given the title, but is a nice distraction sometimes faring better than a higher budget Marvel film.
March 16, 2014
Awesome childhood memories.
February 11, 2014
While trying to stop a subway mugging, David Banner (Bill Bixby) is arrested for assault and is defended by blind attorney Matt Murdock (Rex Smith). But when Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) goes berserk and breaks out of jail, Murdock reveals his own secret to David Banner: Blinded by toxic radiation, he stalks the night as the super sensory acrobatic crime fighter called Daredevil. Can two men with uncommon powers now join forces to defeat an international crime syndicate or will their raging demons destroy whatever stands in their way?

also stars John Rhys-Davies, Nancy Everhard, Nicholas Homann, Don MacKay, Joe Mascolo and Marla Du Bois.

directed by Bill Bixby.
May 19, 2013
Not as good as the Return, but also a delight.
March 3, 2013
A bit slow, and not a lot happens, but it's interesting. Daredevil was a nice treat, but I was disappointed that him and Hulk didn't really team up in a fight. In fact, Hulk isn't in the movie much. Cheesy graphics, which is fine for a TV movie of this type. There's not really much of a trial, but it's still a fun little film.
October 27, 2012
Marginally better than the 1988 tv movie "The Incredible Hulk Returns". Also derailed like the 1988 offering, but not quite to the same extent, with the addition of another comic book hero, this time Daredevil. I'll watch the tv show over this.
September 24, 2012
More of a bad Daredevil movie than one about the Hulk
½ September 24, 2012
the main problem with this tv film is not enough hulk! he doesn't even appear at the end?? not really sure what they were thinking there? this one focuses alot on daredevil almost pushing banner to the background which was a mistake. its still mildly entertaining but again it seems like trying to force a spin off out of this than concentrating on the main man. It does have stan lee's 1st cameo ever in it and the trail scene is pretty awesome.
June 26, 2012
I really wanna see it but I can't find it anywhere!
May 7, 2012
One of Marvel's many attempts throughout the 70's and 80's to bring to life some of their comic book heroes. Not a bad film, as it almost has that classic Macgyver feel to it, but
fans of such character(s) may find this movie rather dull and slow, especially since (1.) John Rhys Davies' portrayal of the Kingpin isn't totally accurate to the comics (mainly due to his costume design; though he does manage to pull off the voice just right, as well as the way he carries himself as an intimidating character) (2.) the fact that the Kingpin and Daredevil never face off in hand-to-hand combat as anticipated, and (3.) Daredevil's costume in this movie is black, whereas in the comics it is red with fanciful details. Because of this difference in costumes, Daredevil looks more like a ninja rather than a super hero. Oh well, I guess that's why it's called a made-for-tv-movie. Not a bad film to watch if you've got nothing better to do or if you just want to escape to the 1980's.
Super Reviewer
March 24, 2012
OR DAREDEVIL with hulk guest starring, yes this is another tv movie after series ended and like incredible hulk returns which had Thor, another marvel charactor tries to spin a series of the film in question, it was pretty decent especially Daredevil stuff, and while never gets past tv look and bad costume and fights, it grabbed me to a degree, the hulk himself is sidelined to a degree but not really missed and when hes on screen, a good watch as usual.
June 26, 2011
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June 25, 2011
When David Banner is held for questioning about a mob crime, his only chance lies with his lawyer who is also the superhero, Daredevil.

stars Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Rex Smith, John Rhys-Davies, Marta Du Bois, Nancy Everhard, Nicholas Hormann, Don MacKay, Joe Mascolo and Richard Cummings Jr.

directed by Bill Bixby.
Super Reviewer
April 4, 2011
This is the second in the series of TV movies based on the Incredible Hulk TV show. I really liked it, it's a bit silly at times, but overall the story and actors are really good, and it's exciting too. If you liked the show, you should see this.
September 17, 2010
i call to the stand .....RRROOOAAARRRGG!!!!! , any objections dare devil? ......well its kinda fun its kinda long stanlee shows up for 2 frames ,
June 12, 2010
okay its really stupid. banner turns hulk with a beard but hulk doesn't have a beard. it has dumb dream sequences. it has a truly sad daredevil. on the other hand, it manages to be ridiculous fun if you're in the right mood. far better than righteous kill
May 4, 2010
wtf is this? this seems rediculous and dumb. wtf crap is this. i mean really? is this truley real? omg what a s**t hole of a movie this is then.
Super Reviewer
March 24, 2010
This is a made for television movie of the old classic Hulk series. This time Banner turns into the Hulk to save someone. But then is accused as the attacker and is sent to trial. Banner meets another Marvel universe character in Matt Murdock aka Daredevil. Murdock job is Banner's lawyer to set him free. Plus there is a storyline thrown in with the Kingpin. The Kingpin was played by John Rhys-Davies. I think he is a great actor but he seemed to be a odd choice to play Wilson Fisk. Bill Bixby is great still as Banner and Lou Ferrigno still looks the same as the Hulk as he did in the 70's. You can tell this movie does not have a big budget due to the action scenes plus for the time it was made. But I still like watching this since I was a fan of the show as a kid and a fan of the Hulk. But the Daredevil costume in this is laughable. They did not do that character justice. Still the actor who played Murdock was solid in his role. Check this out if your a fan of the Marvel comics Hulk or liked the original series with Bill Bixby.
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