The Incredible Hulk

2008

The Incredible Hulk

Critics Consensus

The Incredible Hulk may not be quite the smashing success that fans of Marvel's raging behemoth might hope for, but it offers more than enough big green action to make up for its occasionally puny narrative.

67%

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70%

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User Ratings: 738,801
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Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break free from his primal alter ego, but both the warmongers who long to exploit him for their own gain and a horrific creature known as The Abomination are determined to stop him from achieving his noble goal in Transporter 2 director Louis Leterrier's take on the classic Marvel Comics superhero tale. For years, Bruce (Edward Norton) has been living in the shadows, pursued by the military and haunted by the rage within. But traveling the world in secrecy isn't easy, and as hard as he tries Bruce can't get Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) off his mind. The daughter of Bruce's nemesis Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt), Betty represents everything that is beautiful in the world to a man who lives his life on the run. Eventually, Bruce returns to civilization and faces the wrath of The Abomination. While the Hulk may be a formidable force of nature, The Abomination is decidedly more powerful, and determined to destroy Bruce Banner. Created when KGB agent Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) exposed himself to a higher dose of the same radiation that transformed Bruce into The Hulk, The Abomination is unable to change back into human form and holds Bruce accountable for his frightful condition. With time fast running out for both Bruce and The Hulk, New York City is about to become the ultimate urban battle zone as two of the most powerful creatures ever to walk the earth clash in a massive, no-holds-barred fight to the finish. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Edward Norton
as Bruce Banner
Liv Tyler
as Betty Ross
Tim Roth
as Emil Blonsky
William Hurt
as Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross
Tim Blake Nelson
as Samuel Sterns
Ty Burrell
as Dr. Lennord Samson
Christina Cabot
as Major Kathleen 'Kat' Sparr
Peter Mensah
as General Joe Greller
Lou Ferrigno
as Voice of The Incredible Hulk/Security Guard
Paul Soles
as Stanley
Greg Bryk
as Commando #1
Chris Owens
as Commando #2
Al J. Vrkljan
as Commando #3
Adrian Hein
as Commando #4
John MacDonald
as Commando #5
P.J. Kerr
as Wilson
Matt Purdy
as Ross' Aide
Simon Wong
as Grad Student
Shaun McComb
as Helicopter Soldier
Pedro Salvin
as Tough Guy Leader
Jason Burke
as Communications Officer
Grant Nickalls
as Helicopter Pilot
Martin Starr
as Computer Nerd
James Downing
as Army Base Doctor
Krista Vendy
as Female Bartender
Mila Stromboni
as Hopscotch Girl
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  • Aug 05, 2016
    Obviously better than the previous effort to adapt the character, The Incredible Hulk suffered from some questionable casting and dull writing. I was just pretty pissed off Norton didn't even get trained to speak Portuguese correctly. There were some action in the last 30 minutes, but it's a hell of a ride to get to that point with the dull dialogues and puny plot.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    Probably the most underrated film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in my opinion (but I'm a Hulk fan so I may be biased). Great script by Zak Penn as this reboot shows just enough of Bruce Banner's origin but doesn't have to outright explain everything. Banner's motivation for staying away from society is well seen and Edward Norton gives an outstanding performance. Tim Roth as Blonsky gives a great performance as well. Fight between the Hulk and Abomination is amazing, and of course, the cameo at the end sends audiences off very happy.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2016
    The Incredible Hulk is definitely an improvement over Ang Lee's Hulk but is it a huge significant improvement? Kinda but it still has some problems but some good moments I liked. Let me explain what I liked/disliked. Positives: 1. Edward Norton is really good as Bruce Banner. His performance is solid and he does a decent job. Hulk looks very menacing and awesome, though he looks nothing like Edward Norton but oh well. 2. The action; the entire movie is pretty thrilling, he gets chased down by the SWAT and army and it is pretty thrilling. The scenes with Hulk are awesome, especially the fight scene between Hulk and Abomination is great and thrilling. 3. Abomination is a great villain, he is similar to Hulk and the fight like I said before is awesome. Tim Roth also does a great job playing the character of Emil Blonsky as well. Negatives: 1. The tone and writing; unfortunately this film feels and stylistically looks dull. Besides the action, I'm not very invested in the story and some of the characters' banter. It does have some humorous moments but for the most part the characters talk like they are contractually obligated. They don't pour enough emotion or witty banter to make it very appealing. Thunderbolt Ross who is played by William Hurt who does a decent job is not very likable unfortunately. Throughout the film it seems like he doesn't care for his daughter's well being except for one moment where he screamed when it looked like she was in the explosion at the college action scene. But for the most part I didn't feel that attachment and he overall isn't written very well, hell the boyfriend character seemed more concerned for Betty than Thunderbolt's concern for Betty. Betty Ross played by Liv Tyler, great actress but I didn't think she pulled off a great performance here in my opinion. Her acting seemed kinda forced and it didn't feel natural. 2. Character development; like I said Thunderbolt Ross isn't written very well, not only that he is also not developed properly. They don't really flesh out his character more so we can feel for him and that was a let down. Bruce Banner isn't very developed too, they rush through his set up as Hulk and they don't explore the character enough. Betty Ross isn't very developed too, I wanted it to develop her relationship with her father it hardly does that. Overall: The Incredible Hulk is better than Ang Lee's Hulk but not very significantly better. I personally wanted this movie to focus more on Bruce Banner's origin story and developing his character a lot more. They could've maybe done that and then do a plot like this, but this plot took center stage and we didn't get much of a origin story. All in all The Incredible Hulk for me was okay, it has its moments but it is a very inconsistent movie and it honestly felt rushed and it could've been so much better.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This movie bucks me in the most irritating way. I love Hulk, but this movie really is irrelevant if you think about the bigger picture. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has so many other movies that actually have some kind of impact on the rest of the universe, but in the end, this movie is really just a filler in the middle of a greater universe and unfortunately, it really tells when you watch the movie. It's not that good, unfortunately.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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