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The Incredible Hulk | 2008 | PG-13 | - 2.6.4

Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is affected by a bomb's radiation, which changes him into the angry super-being known as The Hulk, whenever Banner is under duress. Searching for a cure, Bruce flees the U.S. military and the Homeland Investigation Service that want to use him as a weapon for world domination. However, he has to confront another aggressive being called The Abomination, made from his own DNA mixed with secret ingredients that cause monstrous bone growth. Also with Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Tim Roth, Lou Ferrigno, Tim Nelson and Ty Burrell. Directed by Louis Letterier. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A young woman wears a flannel shirt with the top buttons undone (no cleavage), and she and a bare-chested young man kiss and lie down on a bed briefly; we see one of her thighs in close up (he stops and the scene ends).
 A young man and a young woman kiss briefly in three scenes. A young man and a young woman embrace briefly in the rain, and her white blouse is wet, revealing a part of a bra shoulder strap underneath. A man kisses a woman's hand.
 An enormous being is shown for several minutes, and he is nude -- his genitalia are covered by a bony overgrowth. A huge green being runs through streets in several scenes, bare-chested. A young man wanders in many scenes, shirtless and in torn trousers. When a man changes into a giant being his clothing is ripped (we see bare legs, arms and chest). Several boys and young men are shown bare-chested in the streets of a Brazilian town and girls and young women wear T-shirts that are deeply cut but there's no cleavage. Some girls wear shorts. Two men are bare-chested while practicing martial arts, and in the men's locker room we see a few men who are shirtless. In several scenes a soldier appears bare-chested.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - The bloody bodies of a man and a woman are shown lying on a floor in a destroyed laboratory.
 In many scenes a man transforms into a huge green being, several times his original size, this change rips his clothing and makes him very angry, he growls, roars and stomps heavily as he runs and he destroys a sizeable amount of property. A soldier breaks into a laboratory and demands treatment from a doctor at gunpoint; the doctor administers it, the soldier turns into a huge white, scaly biped with spikes down his back, and strikes the doctor in the head (we see a large spot of blood on the doctor's forehead). A huge being is shown in close-up when he grimaces into the lens and roars (his face is greenish brown-black and so are his teeth, and his eyes are bright green).
 A long scene at night shows two huge beings fighting while police and army units fire automatic weapons at them both, but the weapons have no effect; the beings rip cars in half, throw cars and jeeps several blocks away from them, stomp on vehicles, cause cars to explode and damage buildings and pavement. While fighting two huge beings reach up, grab onto a helicopter, and fight in the air, hitting buildings and crashing the helicopter and we see a dead soldier inside with blood running down his face: the beings kick, hit, and fling each other for several blocks, one uses two halves of a police cruiser as boxing gloves, one chokes the other with a large chain, stabs him in the chest with a metal spike, throws him at the feet of an army general, and then roars and runs away (the other being is alive, but we do not see what happens to him afterward).
 Soldiers chase a huge being through fields and throw gas grenades that have no effect, they run their jeeps over two cars that are unoccupied, destroying them, and the being punches through glass walls, shatters glass and one solider suffers a bloody nose (no one else is hurt). A huge being pushes over three jeeps, steps on another, flips another over, and he kicks a soldier into a tree shattering the man's bones (we hear crunching). Two sound cannons make piercing screeches, knock people down, and stop a huge being from running; he smashes both cannons, knocking down soldiers.
 A fight occurs between three men against one man: the man is pinned against a fence, he becomes angry and changes into a huge being in the shadows and knocks the three men to the floor, unconscious.
 A huge being runs through shadows while military men fire bullets and tranquilizer darts at him that bounce off. Soldiers chase a man through several winding streets and stairways, firing tranquilizer darts at him, missing several times and hitting him once please (see Substance Use). Soldiers chase a man and jump across rooftops, and two soldiers fall several stories to the ground (one does not get up, and the other continues the chase).
 Soldiers use plastic explosives to break into an apartment, and once inside, they shoot a pet dog off-screen; we hear a yelp. A nightmare sequence shows a green haze filled with bloody bodies, guns being fired, and black aircraft. We see military helicopters and a flying fortress taking off with armed troops.
 Two men practice martial arts briefly, performing rolling, throwing, and landing out of a throw; one of the men slaps the other in the face twice. On a TV show, a child hits his father in the face with a fist (we see no blood or bruise), and the father says it was a good punch.
 A man in strapped into a Stryker frame in a hospital and injected in both sides of the neck with very large needles rotated face down and injected in the spine with a larger needle (no blood is seen, but a close up of his face shows him grimacing). A man is strapped into a dialysis treatment bed and receives electroshock therapy, and he changes into a huge being by bulging and turning green throughout his entire body and ripping his clothing; he is then given an antidote and shrinks, changing back into a man. We see X-rays of skulls and skull cavities in a room where a man is rotated in a large brain-scanning chair. Dark lab scenes show dirty instruments, dry ice clouds and vials of blue serum inside cryogenic canisters. A young woman is shown in a hospital bed, and the right side of her face bloody around the eye and mouth.
 A man in a bottling plant is shocked on an electric switch and cuts his finger (we see several blood drops); he uses Superglue to close the cut, he wipes the blood between two bottles on an assembly line, we see blood on the mouth and neck of one bottle and later when an elderly man pulls the bottle from his refrigerator and drinks from it, he says, "Wow," and drops the bottle (it shatters and the scene ends). A man makes a serum from flowers, takes a finger-stick blood sample, puts it on a slide, puts the serum into the blood, and looks through a microscope and we then see the man inserting a needle into his arm, and we see a vial filled with red fluid (suggest blood).
 A man runs away from soldiers and military officers who chase him, and several people are pushed to the side and bump into each other and into walls. A man backs a woman into a corner, demanding a date and another man interrupts him; the first man is called away and the scene ends.
 A jeep explodes and catches fire, and a huge being bends over and shields a young woman from a large firewall that engulfs him, rises up and carries her away to a dark cave.
 An army officer talks throughout the film about wanting to fight, not wanting to be promoted away from fighting, and seeking to find a "real fight." A man talks about being adversely affected by gamma radiation and needing to find an antidote. A man on a gurney is threatened by an army general who says: "If you lost it for me, I'll make sure you never get up again."
 A soldier is shown in the hospital after having suffered many broken bones; he heals completely overnight and his bare chest and arms show no evidence of injury.
 Ambulances appear with flashing red lights on the TV news and citizens are treated for mild injuries with bandages to foreheads and arms (no blood is seen). A man trips and falls to the floor but is unharmed.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 scatological references, 1 anatomical reference, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (Gringo, monster, fugitive, godlike), 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - An army general sits at a bar and drinks several short glasses of whiskey while smoking a cigar. An army general smokes a cigar throughout the film and smokes a pipe once (he blows small and large smoke clouds several times). A soldier is told to tranquilize a fugitive several times with a dart fired from a rifle and when the fugitive is struck by one dart, he passes out; in several scenes, unknown substances are injected into either of two men, changing them into huge creatures, and two men discuss injecting substances into humans to see what effect they may have.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, guns, power, bombs and radiation, bioengineering, illnesses and antidotes, fantasy, super heroes, people that are different, relationships, anger, redemption.

MESSAGE - Power can be misused with disastrous results.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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