Hulk (2003)

2003 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action
138 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Hulk Review


Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Hulk (2003) is an American science fiction superhero action film that is based on Marvel Comics fictional character, Hulk. Look out for Lou Ferrigno and Stan Lee because they have cameos early on in the movie. Director Ang Lee (Life of Pi (2012), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005)) did not fulfill my expectations and fell short compared to his other films. Lee’s creative shots, camera tricks, slow motion, and digital image alterations along with his handle on the action scenes were fabulous, but I felt he has the potential to do wonders, just so much more. Hulk had an estimated budget of $137 million and grossed over $245.4 million at the box office. The movie contains nudity, bloody but not a gore fest, extreme violence and a sad story about Bruce/Hulk’s past.

Hulk enlightens us to Bruce Banner/Hulk origins through flashbacks which made me terribly sad to see his life story but was delighted that it was shown to us, the viewers/audience. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana - Star Trek (2009), Munich (2005), Hulk (2003), Black Hawk Down (2001)) was an intelligent scientist who encountered an accident in his laboratory that changed his life forever. Bruce was exposed to gamma radiation and Nanomeds which is a microscopic life-form that is intended to heal wounds but did the opposite; it kills everything it touches. Bruce was confused about what happened/why he survived but shortly discovered that he turns into a giant green monster every time he gets angry and destroys everything he sees.

Bruce biological/Birth Father David Banner (Nick Nolte - The Thin Red Line (1998), Warrior (2011), Cape Fear (1991), 48 Hrs. (1982)) steps in and hopes that Bruce will let him continue experimenting on him. Puzzled by what I just wrote - here is another piece, it becomes apparent to Bruce why the radiation and Nanomeds did not affect him, and it has to do with his past that he vaguely remembers. There was a lot of flashbacks which I did not mind because the flashbacks showed us the father, son, and daughter past which genuinely touched, even the dark story elements. I applaud the film crew for seamlessly intertwining the flashbacks which made me think about life a great deal and had a strong impact on me. Back to the movie - Bruce secluded himself in the desert away from everyone but not for long. The United States military tracked him down, and all hell breaks loose when tanks, helicopters, and planes invaded his place which resulted in an incredible lengthy action scene with Hulk running between mountains, riding planes, tossing the tanks amongst other stuff.

Hulk had style, astonishing action sequences, great character development, a cast that gave strong performances, astounding music score and dramatic depth but way too much talking and not enough smashing. I liked how Hulk’s movements resembled King Kong but dislike how Hulk looks with the outdated CGI, but the entire movie was more pleasing to the eye than recent films in 2003. The editing department did a remarkable job putting this film together. With all said, it was fun watching Hulk with my family and would recommend it to other Marvel fans to watch.

About Hulk (2003)

Title: Hulk
Original Title: The Hulk
Year: 2003
Runtime: 138 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Stan Lee, Michael Papajohn, Lou Ferrigno, Nick Nolte, Kirk B.R. Woller, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Bana, Lorenzo Callender, Boni Yanagisawa, John Prosky, Sean Mahon, Kevin Rankin, David St. Pierre, Celia Weston, Cara Buono, Andy Arness, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Rory J. Aylward, Daniel Dae Kim, Johnny Kastl, Daniella Kuhn, Eric Ware, Michael Kronenberg, Rob Swanson, David Kronenberg, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Mark Atteberry, Lou Richards, Eva Burkley
Writers: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, James Schamus, John Turman, Michael France
Director: Ang Lee

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