(Eric Bana, Jennifer Connolly, Nick Nolte / NR / 112 mins / Universal Pictures)
Overview: Based on the Marvel Comics character, the film will follow the adventures of scientist Bruce Banner (Eric Bana), who, after being pelted with gamma rays, finds that his anger transforms him into a walking, green-skinned id, otherwise known as The Incredible Hulk. Chased across the country by the military at the command of General "Thunderbolt" Ross (Sam Elliott), the Hulk encounters a man named Crusher Creel (alter ego The Absorbing Man) who can take on the properties of things he touches. Ang Lee's version, set in Berkeley, Calif., includes a love story between Banner and Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly), a fellow scientist, and his relationship with his scientist father, Dr. David Banner (Nick Nolte).
Verdict: This movie version of the 'Hulk is a comic book movie for people who wouldn't be caught dead at a comic book movie! Filled with visual energy, genuine artistry and compelling human emotions, not only is it the year's most profound popcorn extravaganza ... it's also the biggest load of crap known to man since Kevin Costner decided to film a movie based entirely on water! To be quite frank, I can't recall when such a big-budget comic-book adaptation has felt so humorless and intellectually defensive about its own pulpy roots! The 'Hulk' is incredibly long, incredibly tedious, incredibly turgid and swells beyond any recognizably human proportions into a huge, pretentious, CGI-rendered cartoon. Now, had this have been filmed on water, the possibilities would have been endless! Mr. Costner nods gently in agreement!
Reviewed by Russell A. Trunk