General Thaddeus Ross has been looking into an experiment that was part of the WW2 “Super Soldier” program. He hopes to recreate the experiment which should make humans immune to gamma radiation. Ross meets with Dr. Bruce Banner, a colleague and the boyfriend of his daughter, to discuss the details of moving forward. When the experiment goes wrong and Dr. Banner is exposed to the gamma radiation a part of him is transformed into a creature dubbed The Hulk, a large green and extremely strong monster that appears during moments of increased heart rate.
After destrying the lab (and in the process killing and injuring several people) The Hulk, and Dr. Banner, become fugitives from the US Military, and Ross in particular, as they want to weaponize The Hulk for his superior power, size and strength.
Five years have passed and Banner has managed to hide away in small towns away from the prying eyes and reach of the US Military. He is working in Rio de Janeiro, searching for a cure for the exposure, he collaborates with a colleague using a psydomym, is learning yoga and has finally started to control the outbursts of The Hulk.
When he cuts his finger at the bottling plant and a single drop of blood ends up being digested by some one in Wisconsin causing gamma radiation sickness Ross and the military use the bottle to track down Banner sending him on the run once again…this time with everyone in hot pursuit.
What will happen if they catch up to Banner and The Hulk? Will he ever be able to truly control the beast? And when if he does…will others still be looking to use him for their own gains?
-Genre: Superhero, Science-Fiction
-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee
-Length: 112 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Edward Norton, Live Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell, William Hurt
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
Overall, it’s a fine film. Not mind blowing or super significant in the greater MCU in my opinion. Its just sort of there.
Sure, it gives us the backstory of The Hulk and Dr. Bruce Banner…but it isn’t even the same actor in the actual MCU… I’d have to do more indepth research on why Edward Norton turned down coming back later to reprise the role. But I’m kind of glad he didn’t.
His Banner seems off… almost wishy washy in his portrayal. Sometimes arrogant and other times overly frightened in a way that doesn’t seem to fit everything that is going on in the film.
Liv Tyler is great…but that isn’t unusual. She was lovely in Lord of the Rings as well as her many other roles.
The Abomination as well as all of the rest of the CGI leaves something to be desired, especially coming off of the beautiful work on the suits in Iron Man.
This is honestly the movie that I usually skip watching when I do a rewatch of the MCU from start to finish. And the one I used to take a nap when my best friend and I did The Avengers Initiative in theatre viewing.
I guess it could be worse. But it also could be better.