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Midweek Release: Hancock

Posted by thelanetrain on July 1, 2008

The highly-anticipated anti-hero superhero movie (whew!) Hancock will open tomorrow in theatres.  The Will Smith vehicle shows him as a drunk, disgruntled, and violent man with superhero powers who desperately needs to clean up his act so he can save L.A.  Sounds like the biopic plot for a Hollywood studio executive involved in the actors strike.

After The Jump: Plot Details and Critics’ Reviews

The internet has not offered much information regarding the plot of the movie, which is good when I get around to seeing it and I’ll actually be pleasantly surprised.  The basic premise of the movie is this:  Smith stars as Hancock, who is a legit superhero, but tends to solve problems his own way.  He doesn’t don the usual superhero garb, and appears to be drunk, dishevled and apathetic.  Then, he saves the life of Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), a PR executive who makes it his mission to help improve Hancock’s image.  While Embrey soldiers on to improve the sorry superhero’s state much to his dismay, Hancock beings to fall for Embrey’s wife (Charlize Theron), thus complicating matters even more.  No word on how the movie ends exactly, but it probably ends with Hancock saving the world.

The folks at Rotten Tomatoes have given the movie a 30% rating, officially making it rotten.  Critics, strangely enough, seem to be sharply divided.  Supporters feel that it succeeds as a dark comedy, rips into the superhero genre, and does great work in terms of the special effects, while critics contend the movie is cheesy, inane, and lacks the focus quality that allows it to dutifully lampoon the traditional ideas of the superhero.  Most of all, they agree that the way the action was filmed was too shaky and incoherent, leaving the viewers feeling nauseated instead of excited.  Our favorite review goes to Kenneth Turan of The L.A. Times who writes:

“It’s a strange feeling to see the summer’s most promising premise self-destruct into something bizarre and unsatisfying, but that is the Hancock experience.”

That pretty much sums up my feelings exactly:  Sure, its a loud, brash action movie with plenty of thirlls, but ultimately, there won’t be a redeeming quality at the end.  Unlike Wanted, which left me excited and keyed up, I feel that Hancock will just leave me unsatisfied, unsure of whether or not I felt as if I wasted my money on it (but not a Love Guru kind of wasted).

This will probably make a good deal of cash in its opening few days, but don’t expect it to be nearly as successful as Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk.

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One Response to “Midweek Release: Hancock”

  1. patrick said

    Hancock looks like interesting spin on the latest superhero movie craze… if nothing else at least Will Smith tends to be pretty funny

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