Well it seems Ang Lee’s 2003 adaptation of the Marvel comics Hulk, which starred Eric Bana was not the definitive one.
Now we have EDWARD NORTON as scientist Bruce Banner who, over the opening Titles of the new film, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, is exposed to gamma radiation, altering his DNA to produce a rage-filled green monster.
When the film actually begins Bruce is on the run in Brazil and trying to control this thing inside him which emerges when he becomes angry or excited.
General Ross, (WILLIAM HURT), wants the Hulk as a super-soldier and deploys resources to track him down, putting great faith in freelance commando Emil Blonsky, (TIM ROTH). But standing between the General and the Hulk is his daughter Betty, (LIV TYLER).
Coming so soon after IRON MAN, another Marvel comic adaptation which was so good, you can’t help comparing the two. Where IRON MAN is witty and entertaining, the Hulk is actually a bit glum because all he wants is not to be the Hulk.
Edward Norton is given screenplay credit with Zac Penn. Unfortunately the dialogue seems to have been lifted directly from those little bubbles in the comics, it’s so trite. This is just another case of special effects overwhelming an action film.
Characters are simplistic, Edward Norton does a lot of running, William Hurt does a lot of glowering, Liv Tyler just looks concerned. The poignant heart of this very successful comic series has to be the relationship between the Hulk and Bruce Banner but that doesn’t really emerge in this.
The director was French filmmaker Louis Leterrrier who made the Transporter series. I was underwhelmed.