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Review: Hulk Vs (2009) My Reviews 05 JUL 2012

Hulk Vs Wolverine: The Incredible Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian countryside, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. He must be stopped at all costs, and there’s only one man up to the job. He’s the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. He’s Wolverine.

Hulk Vs Thor: With the forces protecting Asgard at their weakest, Loki the trickster seizes the opportunity to destroy his cursed stepbrother, Thor, once and for all. In an epic battle that pits god against monster, the Mighty Thor is forced to clash with the only creature that has ever been able to match his strength – the Incredible Hulk!

Hulk Vs is an interesting experiment I guess, in that it consists of two unrelated short Hulk battle movies, pasted together on one disc to be sold as a single animated feature film. Sure, this feels like a bit of a cheat, but when you think of it, it is actually pretty cool that for a change they didn’t cheat you by asking you to only buy one disc instead of two!

The first tale, Hulk Vs Wolverine is directed by Takuji Endo and is based on a screenplay by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. This is very much a no holds barred slobber-knocker-fest, as for the first two thirds of its shortish runtime, the feature consists of little more than Hulk and Wolverine brutally pummelling one another (with a surprisingly large amount of blood for a Marvel animated feature).

However, things take a twist with the arrival of a couple of super villains towards the end, which adds a little more depth to the tale, and thanks to the inclusion of Deadpool, injects a little humour into proceedings.

In terms of animation, it does take a moment or two to get into the heavily stylized character designs, but the animation itself is fluid and the fights well choreographed, making for a good looking animated feature. Similarly, the voice actors used work well, and are accompanied by a decent music score to take in, the end result of it all being a non-stop guy-orientated feature, with lots of animated violence and the occasional chuckle or two to go along with this entertaining little piece of Marvel eye-candy.

The second tale, Hulk Vs Thor, is a little more cerebral than the first fight-fest, also based on a screenplay by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, and is directed by Takuji Endo and Sam Liu.

This one sees the usual plot device of Loki attacking Asgard whilst Odin is in his Odin Sleep state, but this time around Loki manipulates Hulk into doing his dirty work for him, by extracting Bruce Banner out of the Hulk, leaving behind a rampaging monster over which Loki has some control and who pretty threatens to rip Odin’s kingdom apart if left unchecked. Enter Thor and what follows is again a great big battle movie (with less blood that the previous feature funnily enough), though this time around there are more than a few fronts on which fights need to be fought.

Certainly more serious than the first tale, but at the same time equivalent in terms of the amount of raw, untamed action you get subjected to.

The art style switches for this second feature, featuring slightly less stylized characters than in the first outing, but nevertheless stylized enough to set it apart from other animated features found on television at the moment. Again action and animation is fluid and well executed, making for a polished visual outing, complemented by a good voice acting cast as well as solid supporting soundtrack.

So in summary, Hulk Vs is an interesting experiment and well worth picking up for the short bursts of exciting comic book hero mayhem that it delivers, though you must go into it not expecting a story masterpiece to be able to get the most out of it.

A worth entry into the Marvel comic book film stable then, even if it does feel slightly out of place.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulk_Vs

Comic Art: Hulk vs. Thing by Simon Bisley Comic Book Art | Comic Books 05 DEC 2011

It is a classic match up in the comic book world, namely the unstoppable Incredible Hulk versus the Fantastic Four’s resident rocky orange power house, the Thing. Both don’t give up much in terms of raw power and to a degree, invulnerability, making for a proper knock down slugfest every time these two go head to head.

But what happens when you turn this power battle of street shattering proportions over to one of the world’s finest producers of psychotic, stylized, twisted, dark and dramatic art, British-born 90’s punk comic art legend, Simon Bisley?

Well, then the epic battle looks a little something like this:

Screenshot Saturday: Wolverine and the X-Men (Episode 7) Comic Books 24 APR 2010

Apart from the pretty cool Hulk versus Wolverine short that made it straight to DVD in the form of Hulk Vs., Wolverine also managed to find himself going up against the unstoppable rampage that is the Incredible Hulk in Wolverine and the X-Men episode 7, entitled “Wolverine vs. the Hulk”.

Despite Wolverine's true intentions, I'm pretty sure that he kind of enjoyed this particular payback punch. (Besides, it's always safer to punch the Hulk when he's not actually around!)

Episode 7 of Wolverine and the X-Men is another solo Wolverine episode as he finds himself getting blackmailed by Nick Fury to lend a helping hand to S.H.I.E.L.D., this time to quell an apparently rampaging Incredible Hulk that seems to be destroying a great deal of small towns in the remote Canadian wilderness.

Of course, as with everything that involves Nick Fury, not all is as it seems and after a knockdown, fist bloodying fight, Wolverine and a transformed Bruce Banner finally get their heads around what exactly is going on here – not that it’s all that much of a help when it comes to dealing with the mutagenic Wendigo monster of course!

However, despite all the battles that come to pass, there is really only one thing on Wolverine’s mind when he finally comes face to face with good old Nick again – payback.

And this time it’s going to be courtesy of a rampaging Hulk!

(Though he might take a nasty flight through the chilly air to initiate it of course!)

Basically: "Oh shit, WTF have you done you lunatic". Or something like that...

You've gotta admit, the thought of the ever smug Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. and an angry Hulk should always bring a smile to one's face!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine_and_the_X-Men

The Incredible Hulk My Reviews 18 JUL 2008

The Incredible HulkIt has been five years since Dr. Bruce Banner fled as a fugitive from the United States of America, and has been on the run ever since, currently finding himself eking out a living in a bottling factory in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The reason he is here is simple – in an experiment gone wrong, scientist Bruce Banner was subjected to a lethal dose of gamma radiation… except the radiation did in fact not kill him but instead created a twisted green behemoth that is bigger and stronger than any man could ever be and is fuelled only by rage and anger. This ‘Hulk’ destroyed the lab and even hospitalized his colleague and lover, Betty Ross before going on an even bigger rampage.

Now, in an effort to calm down and find a cure to this affliction, Bruce finds himself stuck with the poorest of the poor, far away from those that he might hurt or those who want to capture him and turn his potential for destruction for their own purposes, like the military forces of the U.S. who seem more than a little intent on his capture.

However, with the persistent General Ross, Betty’s father and for who this hunt is both a matter of personal and national importance, Bruce never really has time to rest and as he is soon about to find out, not even Brazil is far enough to escape the clutches of the U.S. military forces!

Emil Blonsky is a highly decorated career soldier who gets pulled aboard General Ross’ capture plans and his first taste of the Hulk leaves a more than bitter taste in his mouth. But with a desire to not lose to any man, the increasingly obsessed Emil is prepared to take anything to level the playing fields between him and the Hulk – even if it means turning himself into the very monster he hopes to capture!

All this means a madcap game of cat and mouse as Bruce races to cure himself with the help of his remaining friends in the States while the army forever closes in on him. However, even if they do find him, all they do is make him mad. And you won’t like puny little Bruce Banner when he’s angry…

The Incredible Hulk is 2008 release by Marvel Studios and is directed by Louis Leterrier, best known for his two Transporter and Unleashed movies. The movie stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, William Hurt as General Ross and Tim Roth as the Emil Blonsky/the Abomination.

After Ang Lee’s disappointingly intellectual 2003 Hulk, Leterrier was determined to bring this new movie back to its fugitive story roots and therefore decided to reboot the Hulk franchise once more, and in the process align the new movie closer to the original TV series and comic book run. And admittedly, I must say that he has done an excellent job of giving Hulk back to us fans.

The story is well written and manages to explore the dual obsessions of a man searching for a cure while battling with his inner demons in order not to hurt anyone else, as well as a man obsessed with serving his country and extracting his personal vengeance at the same time. The movie manages to pull you in, make you emphathise with the likeable main character and then push you to the edge of your seat as it finishes things off with a big, very loud bang. There’s romance, intrigue, drama and plenty of action, making Hulk the perfect blockbuster movie.

Ed Norton turns out to be a superb choice as the titular Hulk/Bruce Banner as he manages to capture the essence of the character perfectly, churning out one of the most believable, vulnerable scientist Bruce Banners in a long time. Liv Tyler puts in her usual loving damsel performance to great effect, while William Hurt does an excellent job as the obsessed general who will stop at nothing to complete his mission and press Hulk in the army’s service. However, when it comes to the supporting characters, then certainly Tim Roth must take the cake as Emil Blonsky, the slightly psychotic career solider who fears nothing and will take anything on – even if it is the bloody Hulk for goodness sake!

Visually, The Incredible Hulk is a masterpiece with the cinematographers finally managing a believable blend of CG and live-action, a far cry from what was achieved with the 2003 movie. Special attention has been paid to colouring and textures, particularly for the Hulk himself and the result is a much meaner, more aggressive looking creature that blends in with the live-action surroundings in a far more convincing manner.

Of course with all the military ordinance being thrown around and the sheer destructive power of both the Hulk and the Abomination, the special effects guys have been kept on their toes as well, with almost all the explosive action sequences coming out top notch. Of course, Leterrier didn’t want to be outdone by all the special effects either I imagine, and has managed the more mundane traditional film work with just as steady a hand, breathing some atmospheric and visually enjoyable sequences into the film in the process.

Hollywood film score veteran, composer Craig Armstrong has been pulled onboard for the soundtrack for The Incredible Hulk and he churns out a powerful score than complements and fits the movie like a glove.

In summary, I have to say that The Incredible Hulk left me happy. It is a great action-packed movie that has a decent story to tell, it has some fantastic visuals and some great performances as well, and it makes enough comic references to keep fanboys like myself happy to boot! This certainly is one of the better superhero movies out there, and it would be a shame for you to miss it, even if you don’t know who the Hulk is in the first place!

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Related link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800080/